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I have an old drying rack I found many years ago at an antique shop, that I use for drying herbs from the garden. It's made with slats of wood and a screen and looks to be hand built. It's also quick, non-electric, and has no parts to break. Perfect.
To make sure I don't get caught outside when the wind blows cold and gray, I start in September to gather the herbs I want to keep before winter comes. Yesterday I cut some lovage, peppermint, lemon verbena, and cutting parsley, then brought the small bundles of greens inside to wash. The smaller stems I placed apart on the drying rack, and the larger ones I tied into clumps with string, gave them a shake and hung them from the mantle, all to dry and fill our house with that unique scent of herb upon herb.
I've simplified the process quite a bit from the early days of my herb gathering when I tried to grow some of everything. Instead of jars and jars of carefully-labeled herbs sitting on our pantry shelves (yes, it looked wonderful), I now have only one or two blends for what ails us. That way whatever you're "down with," there's sure to be an herb in one of the blends that will help. One jar is for stomach ailments and the other for colds and flu.
It's all part of a new plan I have to do more with less. I try not to worry so much about getting everything exact and beautiful, because I found out I can't anyway. I take whatever I'm given and make it a good thing. That's all. It's that simple.
Everything else, everything unfinished or poor in spirit is left to go to seed.