Do you remember how you learned to make a fire as a child? I remember in girl scouts how to gather wood and build a really nice campfire. One of the keys was to start with kindling and build upon it, with larger sticks, followed by nice sized logs. Sometimes we would make special little firestarters with cardboard egg cartons and wax.
I haven’t made a campfire in a long time, but we do have a wood burning fireplace in our home, and my husband made a nice firepit outside, with some recycled bricks. So when I’m trimming the garden I often gather bunches together to use as kindling.
If you’re like me you probably have lots of rogue plants that need pruning or maybe you’ve planted mint that’s trying to take over. These are good candidates for fire starters. And though many types of plant material work well but I especially enjoy those whose foliage is fragrant like mint, lavender and sage.
Caution: Do not burn any poisonous plants like poison ivy, poison, poison sumac and oleander. Also, if you are allergic to any plant make sure that you don’t include it in your kindling mix.
All you need to do is gather the trimmings and tie them together with some twine. I like to wrap the twine up the bunch and back down, and tied at the bottom, to keep the place material in a nice bundle. You can make them as thick as you want.
Let them dried in a warm place with nice air flow. Here are some on my screened in porch.
After a few days or a week they should be nice and dry and ready to use.
Sometimes its nice to trim them into smaller bundles after they’ve dried.
Place them in a nice basket by the fireplace or better yet wrap them up as a gift for a friend.