So I got you growing alfalfa in your backyard. You just cut it down and holding it in your arms. Then you realize, “Anna, you totally forgot to tell me what to do next.” Oops! I guess I was so caught up explaining how to plant it and harvest it in my previous post that I forgot about the last steps.
(Also, Anna, why am I growing alfalfa? Oops again, I am really writing this whole alfalfa series backwards. I should have started with the health benefits. Blame it on my dyslexia. Next post, promise.)
Okay, okay, put the alfalfa down somewhere and read on. I lay it in a protected non-sunny room to dry it. This time, I put in on a bunch of towels around my laundry room. (I used about 6 towels.) Don’t crowd the stems. Let them have room to breath.
How to Harvest the Leaves
Watch the below video to see how I harvest the leaves.
For those Ninga Gardening warriors, it is no different than taking oregano leaves off of its stems once it is dry. Then store it in a glass jar away from the sunlight.
And now you have alfalfa for your smoothies! Or perhaps you want alfalfa tea? I plan to use it in my smoothies.
I am not going to kid you. It smells like grass when you first harvest it. But when it dries, the smell isn’t as strong.
Okay, Anna. Love the Alfalfa Idea but Not Growing it.
Just in case you are intrigued about alfalfa but think I am totally nuts, you can buy alfalfa powder or tea . (By the way, hubby would agree with you. He thinks growing two beds of alfalfa is just nuts.)
Again, Anna, why are we buying alfalfa? I am getting to the health benefits. Hold your horses. Next Post. Next Post.
Join the Conversation:
- Do you grow alfalfa? If so, any problems?
- Would you consider growing alfalfa?
- Does your significant other or relatives think you have a gardening screw loose? If so, why?