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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● PRO­TECT­ING herbs WA­TER­LOG­GING ac­tu­ally kills more herbs over the win­ter than cold, so if you have pots of con­tain­er­grown herbs, in­clud­ing oregano, thyme, sage and rose­mary, move them to a shel­tered po­si­tion against a wall or the side of the house or garage, which will re­duce the amount of rain­fall hit­ting the pot by around 25 per cent.

There are some herbs you just can’t grow out­doors in win­ter, such as basil, but the peren­ni­als will be fine although they may not put on suf­fi­cient growth for you to use dur­ing the cooler months.

If you want new growth to keep com­ing on hardy herbs, keep pots in a cold frame so that they put on at least some new growth dur­ing the win­ter months.

Trim ever­green herbs back into the shape of a dome, to pro­tect them from win­drock and stop branches break­ing un­der the weight of snow, but don’t cut them back too far or deep cuts may not heal. Cover con­tain­er­grown olives and bay trees with hor­ti­cul­tural fleece or bub­ble wrap to pro­tect them from hard frost.

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