Drying Lemon BalmTraditional Landscape, Philadelphia

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ronn wrote:Jul 2, 2015
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    Hi Ronn, we made our dehydrator with spare wood and glass...racks are small pieces of wood and bulk screening material.

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gwenpurdom
Gwendolyn Purdom added this to Protecting Your Pet From Your Yard and Your Yard From Your PetJun 12, 2018

The oils in lemon balm, shown here, and other plants naturally repel insects.Beware of pesticides and poisons. Veterinarian Tina Wismer, medical director of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Animal Poison Control Center and a master gardener with the American Horticultural Society, says homeowners with pets should be particularly wary of insecticidal lawn treatments and herbicides, which have been linked to higher bladder cancer rates in dogs. “Insecticidal treatments can work for both ticks and fleas, but make sure to follow the label directions,” Wismer says. “There will be instructions for how long to keep your pet off the treated areas.”Natural insect-repelling alternatives, like cedar chips and some garden plants like pet-safe lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), shown here, or even catnip (Nepeta cataria), might deter dangerous bugs as well.

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Noelle Johnson Landscape Consulting added this to Dry Your Herbs and Enjoy the Flavor of Summer All YearSep 13, 2017

Option 3: Place the herbs in a single layer on a screen, in the same location as for the previous options. You can place the screen on a table or up on bricks to better enable airflow, as that will allow the herbs to dry on both sides. Every two days, turn the herbs over to help promote even drying.Option 4: You can oven-dry them for quick results, but this will result in slightly less flavor than if you allow them to dry naturally. Set the temperature to 100 degrees Fahrenheit and leave the oven door open. Place the herbs on a baking sheet and put into the oven, making sure to still leave the door open. Turn the herbs every 10 minutes until they are they are dry, and remove.Option 5: If you have a dehydrator, you can easily dry herbs in a relatively short amount of time.

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Aislin Gibson added this to Scents and Sensibility: The Aromatherapy GardenMay 10, 2017

Lemon balm is a favorite of my friend Janine Crum, an essential oils specialist. She says that essential oils are more potent medicinally, but fragrances still affect us emotionally. She especially enjoys the scent of lemon balm — which, she says, relaxes, soothes and calms her senses. Here, lemon balm leaves are being dried. As with most fragrant plants, drying the flowers or leaves concentrates the oils so that they can be used later as sachets or perfume for your home.

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Laura Gaskill added this to Remake Your Backyard Into a Mini FarmMar 22, 2016

Dry herbs and flowers. Drying herbs like lemon balm (for tea) and flowers like lavender (for sachets or bath products) can extend the harvest of these fragrant plants. Herbs and flowers also tend to be lower-maintenance than vegetable gardens, making them a good choice for gardeners who want a useful crop but have less time to spend gardening.Are you ready to grow herbs and flowers? Do you have a sunny spot to grow a bed of flowers? Flowers and herbs can do well in pots, too, so you can grow these even on a patio.Do you have space to spread out or hang up herbs and flowers to dry?Don’t forget that you can also cut fresh flowers for bouquets and use fresh herbs in your cooking!

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Brian Barth added this to Take Refuge in an Iced Tea GardenJun 18, 2015

If you get really motivated about your tea garden, you may also want to set up a drying station to preserve the herbs at the peak of flavor so you can use them at other times of the year. A dry, shaded, well-ventilated place is all you need for a rack of drying screens.However, enjoying iced tea in the garden can be an even lower-tech affair. There’s no need to even use a stove. Simply fill a clear glass pitcher with water, macerate the herbs inside, sweeten to taste, add ice and enjoy.See more ways to enjoy teatime

lolalina
Laura Gaskill added this to 6 Gift-Giving Gardens for Delights Beyond the VisualMay 13, 2014

Tisane GardenIf you love sipping herb tisanes, why not have a tisane garden? You can choose your favorite herbs, make your own blends and save money in the process. Use herbs fresh from the garden to make tisanes or dry them.What to plant in a tisane garden: Lemon balm (seen drying here), peppermint, lemon verbena, chamomile, bee balm and yerba buena.

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Amy Renea added this to Mid-Atlantic Gardener's August ChecklistJul 23, 2012

You can dry tomatoes and other fruits and herbs in the oven on its lowest setting, or use a commercial dehydrator. Alternatively, you can rig up a homemade version with scrap wood, screen pieces and glass panels.

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salamoneg added this to Other stuffOct 18, 2017

Here, lemon balm leaves are being dried. As with most fragrant plants, drying the flowers or leaves concentrates the oils so that they can be used later as sachets or perfume for your home.

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