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A home hearth, a colorful living room YAHOO!, and lots of Trekkie goodness in this week's reader photos

Start your week with our collection of interesting articles on the web and photos from our readers. This week: see LEGO portraits, and the USS Enterprise is in trouble! In these Clicky Links you'll find lots of sites to waste a little time on — and help you start your gardens.

Click through, too, to find our links on submitting YOUR stuff to Offbeat Home!

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Don't let your garden go to waste! Here's how to dry your herbs for money-saving eating all winter long

If you've been growing herbs 'round your place, now's a really good time to start drying them so you'll have fresher herbs all winter long. Save them now, before their herby oils begin leeching out (though if you dawdle for a few weeks, you'll be okay too — as long as you get to them before frost hits.) When dried or frozen correctly, you'll have herbs for a very long time — to use for cooking, tinctures, or magickal rites. It is so, so easy — this is what I did to save my herbs: cilantro, sage, oregano, chives, and more.