Plant up a win­ter herb pot

Their aro­matic stems will be a wel­come treat

Garden News (UK) - - What To Do -

Why not freshen up your herb sup­plies, or cre­ate in­ter­est with a new culi­nary area that will see you through win­ter and be­yond. Those lovely tender herbs of sum­mer, such as basil and co­rian­der, will be on the wane now and can be brought in­doors or sac­ri­ficed for a hardy pot of herbs to look great on the pa­tio and serve as a handy win­ter larder!

Go for old favourites such as ev­er­green rose­mary, thyme and sage and semi-ev­er­green pars­ley, as their won­der­fully aro­matic stems and leaves will be wel­come at that time of year. Go for a large, tall pot, with plenty of room for grow­ing plants. The larger the pot, the less you’ll have to care for the herbs or re­pot them so soon. Use a loam-based John Innes com­post that’s very well-drained and im­proved with gravel or grit, but also, due to cold win­ter rain drench­ings, use pot feet to keep the con­tainer off the ground. Don’t let it dry out, though – keep wa­ter­ing lightly if the weather’s dry.

If heavy frosts are fore­cast, you could wrap your pot in fleece or bub­blewrap, but do make sure that you site it in full sun and shel­ter.

If you plant up herbs now, while the weather’s still rel­a­tively warm and dry, they can have time to set­tle in be­fore win­ter.

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