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I have combined my herb blog and gardening blog so please join me at http://gardeninspire.com/garden-inspire-blog/

Since I love growing and using herbs there will still be posts (hopefully more frequently) about herbs as well as general gardening.

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Herb and Spice Christmas Ornaments

Pomanders from tangerines, lemons, small apple, and small pear

I have made Christmas ornaments with herbs including tiny wreaths made with a homemade woodsy potpourri, small balls covered with potpourri, fabric shapes stuffed with ground spices, and pomanders made from tangerines, small apples, small pears, and small lemons.   Applesauce mixed with ground cinnamon and/or cloves until it becomes like clay and rolled into balls or cut into shapes with cookie cutters are also fun ornaments to make.

This blog post from Herbs and Spice and Everything Nice has some other ideas for herbal ornaments you may want to make.  Making ornaments yourself can be less expensive especially if you use things from your pantry or your garden.  The scents of the herbs and spices are part of the holiday fun.  Consider making some herbal Christmas ornaments for gifts this year.

Basic Herb Growing

I have written a booklet on Basic Herb Growing – available for Kindle – just $2.99
Check it out and let me know what you think!

Drying herbs

I have begun harvesting herbs for drying.  In my climate it is fairly easy to just lay the herbs on screening and let them dry.  I use trays from my dehydrator.  The air has been warm enough and lacking in humidity so the herbs have dried very well in a short period of time.  I could use my dehydrator since it has a low temperature setting but with the warm weather we have had I felt the herbs would dry quickly enough.  I place the trays out of direct sunlight and check them a few times per day.  So far this season I have dried oregano, dwarf oregano, thyme, lemon thyme, spearmint, chocolate mint, pineapple mint, applemint, rose petals, and sage.  Herbs can also be hung upside down for drying.

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