In this badge bit, you will harvest, dry and store rose hips, buds, blossom and/or petals
You need to dry enough to make a tea, infusion or decoction. If you have not already, you will also make a journal page about the uses and attributes and how to ID and how to grow the herb
To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must post:
- a picture of your fresh herbs being harvested
- a picture of your herbs drying (hanging, in a dehydrator, or in a bag, etc)
- a picture of your herbs in a sealed and labeled container.
- label shows where the herbs came from, the date and method of drying.
- (optional) a picture of your journal page listing the attributes and uses of the herb.
I decided to harvest lemon balm, rose petals, and rosemary. (I know I only get credit for one for my BB but I'll definitely use them so I figured why not!)
I picked everything yesterday and laid it out on a towel to air-dry overnight.
I tried air/hang drying some lemon balm last week and it didn't turn out so well, so I attempted oven-drying today. It worked great!
The rosemary is currenly outside on the back porch because it was extremely pungent and released a lot of oils during drying.
Lemon balm and rose petals have already been stored in jars, and all three (Plus some catmint for my boys) recorded in the journal.
I'm going to let everthing cool and then i'll close them up and get them labeled!
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Carolyne Castner wrote:I also have a question about harvesting rosehips. My roses are "Knock out" roses and do not seem to form a large "hip" they also do not ever turn red. Can they still be harvested and used?
Yup! Let them get dry, even if they don't brown, so they are ripe, and size doesn't matter. Just use more to end up with the amount you need.
Some varieties of rose make huge hips, some make very small. The ones you can buy came off a large hipped variety, because they sell well and are easy to harvest. All are excellent.
I had a climbing Peace rose that never made huge hips, but it made up for it in quantity. It went way up over my roof! Lots of flowers and lots of hips.
Hi Carolyne, it looks like you're either missing one picture or it didn't upload correctly. I can't see:
- a picture of your journal page recording where the herbs came from, the date and method of drying.
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