I tried hydroponic basil twice, and a window sill herb garden once. Both times I ended up inflicting a slow painful death on these lovely plants in spite of their valiant effort to survive. So I gave up on growing my own herbs indoors.
Last fall a friend of mine gave me fresh sprigs of basil and oregano. No need to worry, she explained, all you do is hang them upside down to dry. Ok, so I gave it the old college try. I tied them with wired ties and hung them up. Last week I found the forgotten pair. I was just glad that they held together after I blew the dust off of of the shriveled leaves.
As it turns out, I am now a convert. All I had to do was squeeze the leaves and they came right off of the stems. I collected them in a bowl and used a ladle to smash them up. You can use a mortal and pestle, but the feeling of ceramic rubbing against ceramic gives me the heebee geebees. Like nails on a chalkboard. Ugh! Then I put them right into my spice jars with a funnel.
Fortunately my husband can grow them outside in the vegetable garden this year for me. By next year I will probably forget what I did, so I am posting it here with pics. Now I am thinking parsley, rosemary, thyme, and turmeric. Although it would have been cheeky to put sage in there, I just don’t use it enough.