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HearthCricket
03-06-2007, 05:36
I have created a lovely herb garden, this year, as I have found a lot really thrives in our sunny area. I want to dry some of the things I have, so need to get a drying rack. Does anyone know where, besides an antique store, I can get one? I mean a store online, not ebay, though. I know there is quite a variety, so I need to see what exists out there and where I can put in..preferably in the kitchen or near the hearth. Our cellar is nice and dry and cool, but the attic is way too hot, so that won't work. No shade over the roof because of lack of tall trees, so it turns into an oven, literally! And I want the herbs at hand. So far I have catmint, 2 different lavenders, rue, yarrow, basil, sage, and I am forgetting something! I have chives and rosemary inside.

Somnilocus
03-06-2007, 07:08
Have you tried looking at a local gardening store? Also, you should take a look around because having one custom made by a local woodworker would probably be your best bet; you can get exactly what you want, at a really good price, and no shipping problems. :) Do you live far from the country?

Drying your own herbs is so much nicer than buying them dried in bulk--can't wait until I can do so. Have fun with your garden. :)

Elnor
04-06-2007, 08:43
Can you get this kind of dish-drying rack in the US? (I've got one similar- it came from Ikea).

http://www.miso365.co.kr/sm_image/ikea/magasin/magasin.jpg

http://cucinatestarossa.blogs.com/weblog/images/pierressaladspinner.jpg

It can be adapted into a herb rack... and they aren't too pricey, if you need more than one, (and they fold up when you're not using it, which is useful.)

I've got an Ikea loft bed- I hang some of my herbs from the slats underneath to dry- not the ideal solution, but it seems to work ok. :laugh:

elnor

HearthCricket
04-06-2007, 08:56
Yes, I do live in the country and continue to plant herbs in my garden, though not everything that I would like to. If things take like I expect them to, I might add another bed of herbs nearby it. I also grow some inside. Most of the plate drying racks in the US are cheap plastic, but I will look for that kind. What I really want is the old colonial/Victorian racks that have the arms that you can lie flat against the wall, and then pull out to hang things on. I have to

1. Find a spot for this.
2. Have to find an unrickety one at an antique store!

:D

celticnoodle
04-06-2007, 10:09
i just hang mine from hooks in the ceiling. I'm not very fancy, but it works and the room smell great!

HearthCricket
04-06-2007, 10:22
i just hang mine from hooks in the ceiling. I'm not very fancy, but it works and the room smell great!

Which room do you hang them in? I am going to do a bit of studying as well as look at pictures and I need to get a few more books, anyhow. I have tons of books on Colonial decorating and Colonial Williamsburg, so I might get some ideas on this. I also need to collect more bottles for keeping herbs in and then procure a cupboard to keep them in or something to display them. Anyone know good online stores for varieties of bottles to store dry herbs in? Something airtight is needed.

Briar Rose
04-06-2007, 12:01
You can get a picture frame, and take the glass out, and replacce it with window screen, and let your herbs dry on them. Hanging does just as well also.

Lucky you with a fancy herb garden. We have way too many nats and moisqutoes here in Otis for me to have any garden. I got bit so bad when I weeding the flower bed, I still have marks!

lark
04-06-2007, 12:55
http://www.victoriantradingco.com/store/catalogimages/8h/i7209.html
I think this is the kind of dryer you're looking for....
It's a great idea to use as a herb dryer for hanging herbs.

I have shaker peg rails along one wall in my kitchen and I use that to hang my herbs on to dry.

HearthCricket
04-06-2007, 12:59
http://www.victoriantradingco.com/store/catalogimages/8h/i7209.html
I think this is the kind of dryer you're looking for....
It's a great idea to use as a herb dryer for hanging herbs.

I have shaker peg rails along one wall in my kitchen and I use that to hang my herbs on to dry.

We think alike! I was telling myself, about an hour ago, why not shaker pegs rails, which I can get custom made at a store just down the street and stained and sized anyway I want. I have tons of their furniture. And funny about Victorian Trading Company. I buy things from them all the time, but I didn't even think to look there. Thank you! Between the two, I should be all set now!

HearthCricket
04-06-2007, 13:03
Lucky you with a fancy herb garden. We have way too many nats and moisqutoes here in Otis for me to have any garden. I got bit so bad when I weeding the flower bed, I still have marks!

Yes, you are in the land of trees and mosquitoes. We do have the latter, with wetlands across the street, but we planted all our trees. Everything grows insane, here. Very fast and healthy and big! By the time I have things the way I want, the yard, both front and part of the back, will look like an English cottage garden, so I am having loads of fun, while my neighbours try desperately to create perfect plain green lawns with no weeds. And then they ask why I get the hummers, the butterflies, the birds, the fairies....LOL Tasha Tudor said it takes 10 years to get a garden going. She is right, but it is a blast to see it transform, and my husband's face drop when I come home daily with a car load of plants! :D

lark
04-06-2007, 13:11
And if you want to get real fancy you can get little brass plates made with the herb names on them and attach them above the pegs, then you will know without having to label what herbs are hanging on what peg.

room
10-06-2007, 20:59
I would use one of these wooden ones because it's portable.
http://housewares.hardwarestore.com/37-186-indoor-clothes-dryer.aspx

I have one for laundry--I rarely use the electric dryer except in witer for sheets and blankets.

I keep meaning to dry the lavender from my garden--I've got two types. And thyme too--always wanted to have lavender and thyme in my linen cupboard like Isabel did in the book "How Green Was My Valley."

room
10-06-2007, 21:00
Double post.

BodhiSeed
10-06-2007, 22:53
I've used lots of methods to dry my herbs, but the most important thing to remember is to keep them out of moisture, direct sun, and extremely high temperatures. The easiest thing I've ever done is to string a clothesline in my laundry room and hang them from there. I've also used old window screens to lay them on, and put them in closets out of the way, or on top of the refrigeratior. I have a dehydrator that has trays and a low setting for herbs that I can use as well.
When I stored my herbs, I just used the old fashioned Ball canning jars; they come in all kinds of sizes, from 1 cup up to quart size.

Bodhran

sharpchick
10-06-2007, 23:56
You can also put grommets in a large piece of cheesecloth and hang it by cup hooks, laying the herbs flat on it.

Briar Rose
25-06-2007, 04:02
How's your herb garden, and drying coming along?