Re: Herbs: Over wintering & Fall sowing

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Posted by zone 5 on June 24, 2002 at 11:27:47:

In Reply to: Herbs: Over wintering & Fall sowing posted by floraddictus on June 22, 2002 at 05:02:32:

The following are ANNUALS in zone 5
1. Basil
2. Rosemary
3. Dill
4. Fennel
5. Catnip
6. Cilantro
7. Bay

The following are TENDER Perennials in Zone 5
1. Thyme
2. Parsley
3. Specialty Sages
4. Majoram

The following are PERNNIALS (during normal winters)
1. Sage
2. Oregano
3. Mint
4. Tarragon
5. Garlic
6. Chives
7. Sorrel

Herbs brought indoors at the end of the season will never thrive unless you have a greenhouse. You are basically keeping them alive until next spring, when you re-plant them outside.

The only plants I bring in for winter are my Bay and Rosemary, I have had them several years and they have grown to the size of small bushes. The other ones I just dry as much as possible for winter use.

If you really want fresh herbs year-round, start them from seed in the fall and keep them indoors, it is hard to take a outdoor plant in, and have it be really happy. I have found that the only herb I really miss having fresh in the winter is Basil, but I have lots of pesto in the freezer, and most of the grocery stores in my area carry fresh basil year round, so that gets me through.

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