Fresh oregano in the planter box, ready for harvest. There's a little bit of parsley on the right.
This is only the second year that I've harvested the oregano for drying. It truly is more flavorful this way, so I'm glad I tried it. I was surprised at how much I got this time, but it will not go to waste. In fact, now that I've sheared the plants, there should be another harvest in a month's time.
Oven-dried oregano, ready for the jar.
I dry it in the oven at a very low temperature. It takes between two and three hours to dry two trays full. Once it has dried, I remove the leaves from the stems and pack it into jars. It's picky work, but well worth the effort.