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Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments radio segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Listeners from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expand on the information provided in her one-minute radio segments.

New tips are added throughout each month, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! Visit Melinda’s website www.melindamyers.com for more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and answers to your questions.

Storing and Preserving Herbs

Preserve the flavor and zest of herbs with proper storage and preservation. 

Store thin leafy herbs like basil, parsley, and cilantro in a jar of water inside the refrigerator.  Loosely cover with a plastic bag.
Wrap thicker leafed herbs like sage and thyme in a paper towel set inside a plastic bag and place in a warmer section of the fridge.
Freeze herbs on a cookie sheet or in ice cube trays and store in an airtight container or baggie in the freezer.
Or bundle several stems together, secure with a rubber band and use a spring type clothespin to hang them in a warm dry place to dry.
Speed things up by drying herbs in the microwave.  Place herbs on a paper towel-covered paper plate.  Start with 1 to 2 minutes on high. Repeat for 30 seconds as needed until the herbs are brittle.
Store dried herbs in an airtight plastic or glass jar.
A bit more information:  Harvest herbs as needed throughout the growing season.  Just be sure to leave enough foliage to maintain plant growth.  Fortunately you can remove up to 75% of foliage from an established plant. Clip off leaves and stems before the plant begins flowering to encourage more growth. You’ll get the greatest concentration of flavor when the plant has formed buds, but before they open.  This is the perfect time to harvest herbs you plan to preserve. 
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com

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