You’ve been spoilt by the bounty of your meticulously planted, well-cared-for garden for the past few months. After all, nothing beats a vine-ripe tomato, sun-warmed peppers, or a fresh salad made with lettuce and kale grown right in your own backyard. But just because summer is coming to an end doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye to all the pleasures that a garden can provide. While you may not be able to harvest as many fruits and vegetables, if you play your cards well, you will be able to enjoy some of the greatest herbs to plant in the fall and winter.
While some herbs, like as basil, dill, and parsley, are best used in the summer, there are lots of other aromatics that may be used in the winter as well. So, if you want to continue exercising your green thumb, there’s still time to get some seedlings in the ground, especially if you choose wisely. “Make sure you choose plants that will survive the winter,” adds Kalei Buczek, manager of ReWild, a Washington, DC-based plant and flower studio. “These are plants that keep their foliage and are either evergreen or return in the spring.”
When it comes to the best herbs to grow in the fall and winter, you should first determine your USDA hardiness zone. These temperature-based zones are crucial for gardeners to determine which herbs would function best in their specific gardens. However, due to their hardiness, there are a few herbs that should flourish well regardless of zone. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourites for you below.
Herbs to plant in the fall and winter
“Rosemary is a genuine champion; it gets beautiful and woody and can even be cut way back in the spring to foster soft, green growth,” Buczek explains. “It also keeps its greenery throughout the winter.” Not to mention, nothing beats roasted potatoes with a sprig of fresh (or dried) rosemary.
Lavender, like rosemary, becomes woody in the winter and continues to grow. Then there’s the fact that it’s dubbed the “plant of peace” due to its stress-relieving properties. Make a cup of tea with it to stay warm and relaxed.
“Catmint grows quickly and requires little maintenance,” explains Buczek. However, be aware that it may perish if exposed to frost, so you may wish to grow yours in an indoor herb garden. According to Buczek, if yours is outside and receives frostbite, it will regrow quickly in the spring.
Bee balm is a herb that is used to treat
Because bee balm is a member of the mint family, Buczek suggests using it in tea. She describes it as a great pollinator plant that dies in the fall but returns in the spring.
Echinacea is another fantastic herb for your morning drinks during cold and flu season, since it boosts your immunity among its numerous health and skin benefits. Its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving qualities are among the others. It can also aid collagen formation, according to NBD.
Do you live somewhere where the winters are extremely harsh? Thyme is a hardy plant that you should consider include in your winter crop rotation. Buczek notes, “I’ve seen thyme grow in place of grass on little patios since it creeps well.” “Depending on how mild the winter is, certain types overwinter better than others, but you should anticipate it to regrow in the spring,” she says.
Oregano, a common ingredient in Italian cookery, shares many of the same characteristics as thyme in terms of growth habits and patterns, making it perfect for late-season planting.
Garlic with chives
“Both alliums, these bulb perennials, are designed to survive the winter and reappear in the spring,” Buczek explains. “Garlic is best gathered when the plant’s first few leaves turn yellow, and cloves can be sown in the fall.”
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