Catnip - the flower heads are drying up and the seeds are almost ready to harvest, although I've already cut off a few clusters that are dry enough. I plan to dry the leaves and stems to make cat toys. My inside cats love catnip, the outside cats couldn't care less.
Cayenne pepper - the last little pepper on my cayenne plant has turned red and been harvested, so I've pulled the plant and will plant spinach this week. I'm going to cover the tub with a sheet of hardware cloth to keep
my dogs critters from digging in the soil.
Cinnamon basil - the seed pods are drying nicely on my one and only plant. I cut off all the flower spears that were completely dry, and left the ones that are still blooming on top. A few little black seeds are inside each seed pod.
Dark opal basil - this beautiful plant is still growing like crazy, so I'm going to harvest another "crop" of leaves to dry. It's only produced one flower spear so far, which I pruned so the plant would keep growing new leaves.
Oregano - I'll trim these two little pots of oregano before bringing them inside for the winter, and dry the few leaves from the cuttings.
Paprika - all those fat, round peppers are finally beginning to turn orange. When they're red I'll harvest, dehydrate and powder them. The paprika and cayenne were experiments this year.
how to harvest zinnia seeds.
I plan to bring the rosemary, oregano, and chocolate mint inside for the winter. (Is there a use for chocolate mint? I grow it because it smells good when I brush against it, but I don't know if it has a use.) I could bring the catnip inside too, but since space is at a premium and it's super easy to grow from seed, I'll harvest all of the leaves instead.
I'll replant all of the annuals again next spring, and I plan to add a few new herbs as well. I'm particularly looking for comfrey.
What herbs do you grow, and how do you use them?
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