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How to Create and Maintain an Autumn Herb Garden

Herbs are a firm favourite for many gardeners, simply because they require very little looking after to produce some tasty ingredients for your meals. They’re not just popular in summer, either; they are great for less enthusiastic gardeners during the summer months, and they’re also simple to look after in the autumn months, too.

Creating an Autumnal Herb Garden

Although this is the time of year when activity tends to be a little bit quieter on the gardening front, it’s actually a great time of year for preparing a herb garden, ready for next spring.

Hardy perennial herbs can be planted now. These include thyme, parsley, chives, lavender, lemon balm and mint. Plant them in individual containers, close to your kitchen. There’s a reason that herb gardens are often called kitchen gardens, after all; having your herbs close to your garden door will give you easy access when you’re cooking, which is a real bonus in the cold and wet weather!

Maintaining your Herbs During Autumn and Winter

It has to be said, even hardy perennials will suffer if left to the winter elements for too long. If exposed to frost, the likes of mint and coriander will die back, so it’s important to keep them sheltered. You can achieve this by covering your plants with a cloche.  Furthermore, having your crop close to your house will not only save you from the elements when harvesting your herbs, the plants will also benefit from the residual heat.

In terms of maintenance, rather than pruning dead foliage, as you are encouraged to do during the summer months, leave it on the plants as this will help to shelter them. Once the threat of frost has passed, they can be pruned again.

Try to ensure that your herbs’ containers do not become waterlogged. Keep your crops in well-drained pots which are raised on bricks or pot stands so that excess moisture can escape. If temperatures fall, then it’s worth insulating your containers with bubble wrap to keep them warm and cosy!

Moving Herbs Indoors

Some herbs won’t survive the winter months outside. Tender herbs, such as basil will need to be moved indoors. Make sure they have plenty of light, as herbs thrive best when they have at least four hours of sunlight a day. Place them on the brightest yet coolest window in the house, as this will slow down their growth to compensate for the reduced light they’re receiving.

If you’re growing herbs from seed, you should also do this indoors at this time of year, ready to be transplanted next year.

When it comes to garden maintenance, it’s always a good idea to follow the lead of the professionals. As professional garden landscapers, D&G Garden World can install a herb garden for you, as well as spruce up the remainder of your outdoor space, ready for next year’s warmer weather.