Dried flowers and herbs are a big business in the United States. They tend to cost a lot more than fresh herbs but that’s likely because they are naturally preserved and will last a very long time.
Dried herbs and flowers are beautiful and very costly to purchase. You can do them in your own home very easily. You can also be certain this way that there are no additives to the herbs that you use to cook your foods.
Flowers cost quite a lot to dry. This is because they change in shape and size, become much less heavy and it takes a lot more to make any kind of an arrangement. It also takes them a long time to dry.
Your summertime plants can make a wonderful harvest for you if you choose to dry them yourself. You may also find them to be a great way to make extra money. Selling dried herbs or flowers, or using them in your crafting or soap and bath products can be a viable way to make a small second income.
You can dry not only those flowers that you grow in your garden, but also those that you find along the roadside or walking a path. (So long as it is not illegal to pick them.)
Many simple natural flowers found along the highway are wonderful when dried. Queen Anne’s lace, elder flowers, dogwood flowers, as well as some types of anemone are beautiful when they are dried.
Hang the flowers upside down with some space in between them. Keep them in dark, dry areas that have some good ventilation. Make sure that you don’t bunch them too tightly together since they need room to breathe. One fast way to do dried flowers is simply to tie the stems together and hang them from a high area such as a ceiling beam in an attic or a garage.
If you are using heavier flowers with heavy heads on them, you will want to assist the plant so that the petals or the heads don’t fall off as they start to dry. Take a piece of florist wire and run it up the stem to the head. When it goes through the head of the flower and you see it in the center, bend in a hook shape. Pull the wire back down so that the hook is hidden inside the flower that you are drying.