The Ringleader, author of Sly Press
After spending yet another morning organizing my priorities— ensuring my future also lives the dream— I spent the afternoon outside, wrestling tomato and watermelon vines in my new garden. During this time tending to my plot, I not only learned a valuable lesson, which is to trim your plants on a regular basis and never, ever neglect your garden, but I also became inspired to create something useful for harvesting my crop.
Since my herbs are the most forgotten and least harvested, I decided this was a good place to start.
Herbs are most flavorful when fresh however when harvesting you will get bunches at a time that may need to be dried. Therefore a herb drying rack is the perfect tool for evenly drying you harvest.
Crafting your own herb drying rack is a simple and easy project.
The materials you need:
Hot Glue Gun and glue
Scrap piece of wood (this will be your base and it may need to be painted, I happened to find a piece already painted white– also find a size that fits for you I chose a skinnier size because I liked the way it looked)
To begin, line up the clothes pins on the strip of wood in order to perfect the placing. I suggest keeping the clothes pins close together with equal spacing between. The more pins you have the more you can harvest.
Hot glue the clothes pins onto the strip of wood.
I decided to place the last two clothes pins horizontally to add variety.
Next, gather your herbs and sort them into bunches.
After your herbs are clean as a whistle bundle them up with string. These bundles will be hung on your newly created herb rack.
Gather all your bundles.
The last step is to find a place to hang your drying rack and screw it into the wall. I used three screws to ensure it sticks to the wall and a level to make it straight. Take your bunches of herbs and clip them onto your new herb rack. In a few weeks your herbs should be ready to use. If you feel like you have too many dried herbs, come up with fun ways to use them like putting together herbs packages for your friends and family. Otherwise store your herbs and use them as you cook!
After you have finished, sit back and enjoy the afternoon with a hermit’s two best friends.