By Coastal Living

Drying Do's

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.

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