Growing and using herbs in winter


cooking with oregano

A while back, I posted about how to dry oregano, in the cooler weather the growth of my oregano has slowed down, but I have a bountiful supply of beautifully dried leaves that I regularly use in cooking. I’ve just come across this blog post, by Live in Art with some fantastic ideas on how to use both FRESH and DRIED oregano.

The cooler months of June & July are actually ideal for sowing seeds of many herbs. Including; chives, parsley, coriander and rocket. The cooler weather means the seeds won’t bolt to seed, which is often a common problem people have when they try to grow rocket and coriander during the height of summer!

drying herbsIn cooler regions of Australia, basil is pretty much the only herb that really will not survive the cold of winter (there are perennial varieties out there that will hold on, but I really don’t think they taste as good!).

I notice my Vietnamese mint struggles through the winter cold, but survives if  it’s protected from any frosts (I grow mine in a pot that I can move around as needed) and if it starts to look a bit spindly I give it a good hard cut back just prior to spring and fertilise it well.

Thankfully other herbs like sage, thyme, rosemary and oregano will soldier on through the cold……which is just as well, because they are perfect with hot roasted spuds, a steaming risotto or hearty soup. If any of your woody Mediterranean herbs look a bit sorry for themselves over winter, don’t panic they will make a good recovery as the weather warms up into spring.

Still struggling to grow certain herbs at your place? You might like to get a copy of “Growing Easy Herbs”, by Penny Woodward and check out my previous post on growing herbs.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *