Winter Herbs

We tend to think that herbs are delicate and not able to withstand the rigours of winter. However, there are a few that we can keep going through the colder months.
You might also consider planting the herbs in containers so that you can move them around the garden or even indoors for more protection.
Thyme is a hardy winter herb and is beneficial to other plants. Although its growing season is in the warmer months, thyme is the perfect choice for the winter herb garden. Not only is it very frost hardy but it also copes with dry conditions, and the low-growing varieties can give you a groundcover that stays green even in the coldest months
Sage needs a little more nurturing than thyme and its growth tends to slow down and the leaves get smaller in winter. Plant it in well-drained soil in full sun.
Rosemary is a perennial herb, which means that it can be grown year-round, and sturdy enough to defend itself against icy temperatures.
Parsley is also beneficial to other plants, needs full sun and fertile soil, which should be kept moist. To harvest, snip leaves off several plants rather than one. New growth comes from the middle of the plant, so harvest the outside leaves.
Oregano is one of the more robust winter herbs, easily withstanding winter frost. It likes full sun and has a beneficial effect on neighbouring plants.
Yarrow is of immense value in the garden because it accumulates nutrients and recycles them back into the soil, improving quality and benefitting all nearby plants. It is also of benefit in compost, speeding up decomposition.

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