I keep a little herb garden right outside the back door and I'm always trimming and cutting on it. I like to dry my own herbs and now that it's MARCH, I'm finally finishing my harvesting from last year. For me, it's a long, drawn-out affair. I snip what I want and then tie the bunches with twine and hang them to dry. (I'm sure my family gets tired of all the ugly, dried weeds hanging in the kitchen window...) I leave them quite a long time. Then, when I've almost forgotten what they were to begin with (sometimes I completely forget--you'd be surprised what all looks similar when it's all dried and shriveled...) I place just the leaves in baggies and mark them. Then they sit. And sit. And sit. So today, it was time to clean out the baggies. I have a coffee mill I use specifically for herbs and grind them down to the consistency I want for seasoning/cooking. Today I ground Sweet Basil, Oregano, Mint and Pineapple Sage. And I have more bay leaves than ten people would ever use in a lifetime.