Wednesday, June 28, 2017

09 Nov

Winter Proof Your Herbs!

The temperature has started to drop and its time to ensure your herbs make it through a cold winter. There are many simple steps you can take to protect your herbs, take a look at our easy guide below…

Protect container herbs…

Container herbs including sage, rosemary and thyme should be moved into a more sheltered position away from wind and rain. One of the easiest ways to protect your herbs this winter is to simply move them out of harm’s way. Against a warm wall, garage or house will help protect them from excessive rain.Wet conditions kill more herbs than cold weather in winter.

Also make sure to raise your containers off the ground. Containers can easily become water logged if the draining hole isn’t exposed. Simply balance your container on two bricks with a space for the hole in the middle.

Sow new seeds…

Autumn is the perfect time to start planting new plants that need a cold period to germinate. Sow the seeds on the surface of the soil and cover with grit before placing in a cold frame. They won’t take much care over the next few months, just make sure the compost doesn’t dry out.

Bring herbs indoors…

Move tender herbs such as lemon grass, basil and stevia inside your greenhouse or conservatory. Basil can be victim of frost even if its already inside. Windowsills can become extremely cold during the winter, make sure not to water in the evening so the plant has a chance to dry out rather than become water logged. Make sure to harvest from the top not the sides.

Trim your herbs…

Trimming is important especially if you still have flowers on your herbs come mid November.┬áTrim your garden herbs into a dome-like shape to protect it from winds or snow. Pruning too much can also be a problem, deep cuts won’t heal before winter really sets in, causing your herbs to become more vulnerable.

Wrap up Olives and Bay Trees…

These rather delicate trees need protecting from harsh winds and rain this winter. Cover your Olives and Bay Trees with a hessian or fleece right around the plant and container. The fragile roots will be touching the side of the container and need to be kept warm.

Let us know how your protect your garden herbs by commenting below!


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