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Comment by Silja Baer on December 24, 2009 at 7:23am
Hi Sean, Lynn is right, the flowers will continue to come and natural warmth and airflow is enough. I usually use some kind of mesh to dry seeds/ flowers and put them in a well ventilated kitchen cupbard or in a nice wooden bowl somewhere in the room and give them a swirl once a day to turn them. Nothing fancy and it still works.
Comment by Lynn on December 23, 2009 at 11:10pm
Hi Sean...I harvested all of mine and a friend's a couple of days ago...we both have more flower buds ready to pop open, so yes, they keep coming for now. I don't use a dehydrator as I personally find them a bit too hot for delicate herbs. I prefer to either use natural warmth and good aeration, or pop them in the hot water cupboard.
Comment by Sean Kemball on December 23, 2009 at 8:18pm
What's the best way to dry the chamomile flowers? In a dehydrator?
Also, if I harvest them all will they grow some more?

As you can see, I've never done this before!
Comment by Kali on December 23, 2009 at 7:42pm
mmm yummy, love summer :)
Comment by Lynn on December 23, 2009 at 7:29pm
Hey Kali...I've been picking chamomile flowers too! They're lovely! Today I also picked the first two ripe tomatoes, a couple of purplette onions, lettuce, carrots, scallopini, courgette and herbs. Really enjoying the fragrance and taste of basil mint...put it in the hamburger patties I made for tea tonight...delish!
Comment by Kali on December 23, 2009 at 7:06pm
I have been snipping fresh chamomile flowers today, and putting them out to dry, My the fresh flowers taste so appley and nothing like the dried tea from the shops.
Will dry oregano the same way soon, I put herbs in my potting shed van out the back, it gets very warm in there and they dry quickly.
Comment by Lynn on December 17, 2009 at 6:18pm
Great info thanks Yvonne
Comment by Yvonne Nikolaison on December 17, 2009 at 1:41pm
For those who are growing Stevia and wanting to know how to use it in baking. This is a reply I got from a Carol Raethel ".....When I use Stevia in baking, I add a few leaves to a cup of boiling liquid (water or milk according to your recipe) and allow them to steep for 20 mins to extract the sweetness. The amount varies according to taste. As a guide I use 10 leaves per 1/2 cup sugar, but again, tastes vary. The internet has some Stevia recipes, I am still at the experimental stage myself when it comes to baking. ...."
Comment by Derek & Julie Craig on December 17, 2009 at 11:09am
mmmm... chocolate... any chance of a cutting???
Comment by Lynn on December 4, 2009 at 8:20pm
Hmmm...just as well I potted that Lemon verbena...I have had to pull it inside, as our weather is wet and cold and I don't want it stressed, thinking it's winter, before I even finish celebrating that I have it in the first place!

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