Many herbs are annuals, because they cannot survive the frost of winter. This includes all peppers, which are native to tropical areas. Other plants set seed and die back in fall. Some herbs, quite graciously, are evergreen and will continue growing well into frost. Selecting cool weather herbs is the secret to a winter garden.
This herb is a favorite for many beginning gardens. It is native to the Mediterranean area, which means it will survive in a wide range of temperatures. Some varieties of rosemary are better matched to the cold than other varieties, so it is important to look at the package’s description. While it can be grown from seed, most garden centers sell seedlings, and they are inexpensive. Keep in mind that Rosemary does not like to be waterlogged.
Thyme has a minty and lemony flavor, and it grows well in cool weather and frequently parched soil. It is another favorite from Southern Europe. It tends to survive in cool weather, but it often prefers to be sheltered from excessive rain. Watering thyme infrequently results in a stronger flavor and better root growth. Thyme is ideal for growing in pots, which can be taken inside if the weather becomes too cold and wet.
A relative of carrots, parsley tops can be stir friend and served fresh as a part of many meals. Parsley is popular no because of a strong flavor but for its refreshing taste in salads, soups and sandwiches. The deepest part of winter will kill the top of parsley, but the taproot survives and will bloom again next spring.
Sage is a popular herb that will survive into the middle of winter. It starts growing in early spring, and both the seedling and the mature green will tolerate some frost. When the weather turns very cold, it is simpler just to pick remaining sage and bring it inside to dry. Save is great for soups, and can be stir fried with meat and other vegetables.
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Haglund, Robin; Winter Herbs to Grow and Eat; fiskars; Accessed January 13, 2014
Growing Thyme; Bonnieplants; Accessed January 14, 2014