Drying Seeds and Herbs

Drying Seeds and Herbs

I'm closing up my garden this weekend, which will include harvesting my last peppers and tomatoes, and bringing all my herbs indoors for the winter. I plan on setting up a "light room" with flourescent bulbs in a sunny window to try to keep the herbs alive over the winter, but I'm going to harvest some of the leaves and dry them first just in case the plants don't make. I'd also like to dry the seeds from some of my peppers and tomatoes to use them to plant from next spring. So, how do I do this?

I've found this website talking about drying seeds. Thoughts or opinions? Is there a better way to do this? A friend suggested using his dehydrator to dry the seeds out, and as long as it doesn't heat them too much, I can't see how that would be a problem. Any suggestions there?

As for the herbs, I've read a few places that it's safe to use heat to dry them. Specifically, line baking sheets with parchment paper, place the herbs on the parchment, and put them in an oven on low heat for a few hours. I was going to try this with my lemon verbena, rosemary, and spearmint.

I'd love any advice people could give me on this. Thanks!

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