Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fresh herbs from my garden.....

You don't need a green thumb to grow herbs - and I am proof positive of that!

The trick is to not let them flower - once they flower, they stop producing leaves and often get leggy.

I dry all my herbs in the microwave on paper plates and then I store them in zip bags.  I share with my friends and family and like to dress them up a bit.

I add the zip bags to pretty little packages or jars...

...with labels on them...

I have even used popcorn boxes...

... and paper bags!

I also like to make herbal vinegar....

...and share it in cute little jars...

...for friends to enjoy!

And there is always a few herbs by my kitchen sink in a vase of water for emergencies!!

There is NOTHING like the aroma of fresh basil!

Patti @ Pandoras Box
Patti @ Pandoras Box

I live in central NY and I am a retired family and consumer science teacher. I enjoy all types of crafting, decorating and cooking


  1. These would make such great hostess gifts! And I love that you dry them in the microwave. Clever girl.;-)

  2. Patti... what a great idea for gifts! And I love how you package them! Have a great week!

  3. Patti, I love the way you share from your garden. Your ideas for hostess gifts are always clever and beautifully packaged. I agree with Lisa, you are a clever girl!

  4. Very clever, patti, to dry them in the microwave! I never thought of doing that and usually have them hanging up. I always have a vase of mint or basil on the kitchen counter too! My mint has become a huge forest that is taking over a bench near my house and the only attention it gets is when I snip some! It's crazy! Your friends must love to see you coming with those beautiful and useful hostess gifts. Linda

  5. Patti, these are great tips and gift ideas! I haven't grown herbs in a few years, but love this idea. You make it look simple. Very clever, indeed!

  6. i love herbs and have never really tried to grow them...daughter in law planted some kind of herb but it's got blooms all over it so guess it's a no-go...:(
    I bragged about the pretty muffin dish you sent me again in my post today....xoxo

  7. Wow, lucky are those receiving your garden gifts Patti. Love how you package them for gift giving. Thanks for sharing the tips..........