Carol uses an extra room in her house to dry and store theplants she gathers, but she says a dark, well-ventilated attic orcloset would make an ideal temporary drying room. Choose a spacewith low moisture levels to prevent mildew, and keep it dark topreserve colors.
Here are Carol's suggestions forsuccessful drying:
•Pick flowers and herbs when they are in full bloom tocapture optimum color and texture.
•Harvest leaves and grasses before they begin to turnbrown.
•Bunch a few cuttings together with a rubber band, andhang them upside down.
•Leave plenty of space between hangings for good aircirculation. And dry corn husks, seaweed, and fruits on a flatscreen, allowing air to circulate above and below.
•Let dry for at least three weeks before assemblingwreaths.