It took a few days, but the oregano and thyme still smelled great. It was amazing how insignificant the leaves seemed in comparison to the stems and buds. I debated saving all the litter for soup stock but that tjought got swallowed up by tomato canning. I really am BACK on the canning front! The second photo reminds me of the ones I see all over town these days for pot growers. The herbs featured here are not pot.