One think I love about Texas gardening, is the fact that our first freeze usually comes pretty late. This gives us the ability to keep harvesting veggies a long time after most of the country has said good-bye to fresh Basil. But, all good things must come to an end and the weathermen said that our end was coming Saturday night.
So, Saturday found us moving the plants that were sensitive to the greenhouse and harvesting all the herbs that were left. Now, there are a lot of herbs that are perennials and do not mind the cold in winter. These herbs are not herbaceous- weird, huh? Herbaceous means that the plant’s aerial parts die back in the winter and return come spring. But, I cut them anyway.
Most of the herbs will be made into Salt Scrubs, scented oils, Bath soak teas. I love hand-crafted bath items the quality and potency are unmatched. A few of the herbs will become tinctures. Tinctures are made by taking medicinal herbs and soaking them in an alcohol like Brandi or Vodka. The great parts of the herbs are absorbed by the alcohol. Then the alcohol is strained and the alcohol stored in a dark bottle and used when someone is in need. The tincture I like best is made with dandelion, it is great for any kind of winter illness and works great for Tony when he is having trouble with allergies. We ran out this summer because of the heat and drought the dandelions said good-bye. Finally we got some wonderful rain and cooler temps and out popped the dandelions.
Well, the weathermen were off by one day- the first freeze came Sunday night. I am so glad I harvested the last of the herbs. Of course, the kitchen looks a little funny with the bundles of herbs hanging around- but it smells great!