Perhaps one of the easier winter preps for outdoor gardens is in the herb bed. 2) Winter WarriorsWhile there are numerous herbs suited for winter survivial, here are some of the more popular:Thyme: Give the herb a good mulch like wood chips for healthy drainage. Give the herb a good mulch like wood chips for healthy drainage.
A good mulch should be more than enough protection. Some other good herbs for indoors are chives, marjoram, and oregano.
Preparing Perennial Herbs for Winter
Some of the most popular herbs are both perennial and evergreen, which makes it tempting to let them do their own thing. It’s also a constant guilt-trip that makes me pay attention to all the herbs that might go the same way.) Preparing Sage, Oregano and Thyme for WinterThis time of year is a good time to sort through the sage, oregano and thyme, cutting out any dead wood and extracting weeds that have grown around their base.
Preserving MintMint is a perennial that will begin to die off soon and it’s often recommended that you pot up mint to take indoors for winter use. If, like me, you have a relaxed view of weeds, you might like to let fennel stand over winter as the skeletal seed heads make an attractive winter feature. .
Keep Herbs Alive and Well in Winter With These 5 Tactics
Even herbs like rosemary that are more cold-sensitive can survive winter using additional methods of protection. Let’s explore different ways we can prolong the herb harvest and enjoy the fresh taste of our favorite herbs throughout the cold of winter.
Many herbs can grow through the winter under the insulation provided from straw, shredded bark or other coarse mulch. In areas that experience moderate-winter cold, USDA Zone 6 and warmer, herbs will continue to produce some new growth despite some winter cold. The rewards of growing herbs indoors throughout the winter are great when the fresh flavor of summer is within arm’s reach.
Overwintering herbs: Protect rosemary, others from cold, soggy soil
Even more robust herbs like thyme, oregano and sage benefit from some level of protection in the garden from our sometimes cold and often wet winter weather. Here are some tips for both indoors and out on how to keep and protect your perennial herbs through winter. For herbaceous perennials that die to the ground, mulch the soil to keep roots protected. What may work best for you will greatly depend on your soil, plant hardiness, and growing conditions in your area.
If your rosemary doesn't make it through winter it is most likely the result of very cold and soggy soil. .
How to Keep Herbs Alive in Winter
Delicious, fragrant herbs grow all summer long, filling the garden with fragrance and adding to recipes and herbal teas. The good news is that you can bring many of these tender herbs indoors. Best Herbs to Grow IndoorsSome herbs acclimate better to indoor conditions than other herbs. Caring for Herbs IndoorsIf you're planning to overwinter your garden herbs indoors (or at least keep them growing long enough to get a few more harvests from them), here are a few things to keep in mind:Bright light: Herbs do best with plenty of bright light—at least eight hours of light per day. Pest control: Before you bring your plants indoors, check the plants thoroughly for pests and spray them with insecticidal soap if you see any insect activity. .
How to Winterize Rosemary Plants
rosemary_2 image by Marina Subocheva from Fotolia.comA fragrant and flavorful herb used in many dishes, rosemary can be grown relatively easily in any herb garden. In the spring your rosemary should be ready to give you wonderful new growth and scents. Use the pruners to cut the stems of the rosemary plant back to only a couple of inches from the ground. A fragrant and flavorful herb used in many dishes, rosemary can be grown relatively easily in any herb garden.
In very wet, heavy soil, rosemary is subject to root rot. .
Preparing Your Garden for Winter: 10 Tips for Winter Protection
See 10 tips on how to winterize your garden beds—from covering garden soil to protecting trees and shrubs. Make sure to consider your garden “helpers” while you go through your fall garden checklist! Rake onto a large sheet or tarp, then drag to a corner of your yard to give pollinators some winter cover. Check out our list of fall garden chores to make sure you have everything done before winter hits! We hope these tips will help your garden survive winter and thrive in spring! .
Now that fall has arrived, it's easy to forget about those fresh herbs and resign myself to cooking with dried herbs. Here are some suggestions for keeping herbs through the winter -- indoors and out. You can enjoy tender perennial herbs such as rosemary, and biennial herbs such as parsley, all winter long by potting them up and bringing them indoors for the winter.
You also can bring hardy herbs indoors in pots, not for their protection but for your use. While annual herbs such as basil need to be sown each spring, some herbs will do the sowing themselves and come back year after year.