November 11, 2021

Cleaning up the fall herb garden

How to clean up your fall herb garden for healthy, fresh herbs for years to come…

Perennial herbs are great additions to the garden, as you only have to plant them once and they’ll come back year after year – as long as you take care of them. This quick video shares some tips for pruning your herbs and improving the soil so that your perennial herbs will provide you with many years of fresh flavor.

Keep in mind that there is a difference between perennial herbs and “soft” herbs like basil, cilantro, or dill. Perennial herbs usually have woody stems or semi-tough vines that will survive cold weather even if the leaves die back in the winter.

Which herbs will survive the winter can depend to some degree on your climate and how harsh your winter weather is, but in most areas, rosemary, sage, lavender, and thyme  are perennials. Mint may die back to the ground in cold winters, but will re-sprout and grow new stems and leaves in the spring, so technically it is also a perennial, and oregano may behave the same way.

Please note that some perennial herbs don’t need pruning, while others prefer to be pruned in the spring.

Before putting your herb garden to bed for the winter, watch this video for some helpful cleanup tips:

 

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Rose S.

An avid gardener since childhood, I love sharing my passion for gardening with others! I have gardened in a number of different climates and settings, from large fenced garden plots, to tiny patio and container gardens, and I firmly believe that everyone can learn to grow at least some of their own food - no matter where you live. Growing your own food can help you take control of your own health and food supply, and there has never been a better time to get started!

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