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Dry Herbs Quickly… in Your Car!

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Herbs drying on a dashboard. Photo : showmeoz.wordpress.com

To dry herbs quickly, park your car in a sunny spot, spread the herb stems and leaves on a baking tray and place the tray on top of the dashboard, under the windshield. Now, roll up the windows and close the doors. (Hint: you don’t have to remain in the car. In fact, I would discourage this practice.)

The herbs will dry quickly, often in just a few hours, certainly before the end of the day, and since they dry so quickly, there is no risk of mold forming.

Also, your car will give off a delicious aroma for several days!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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