When the temperatures start dropping and the holidays are near, many people throw out their herb plants thinking that they must start again in the spring. However, you don’t necessarily have to give up on growing fresh herbs in the winter. There are plenty of herbs that can withstand cold temperatures and snow, and many others can be grown inside until the temperatures get warm again. Landscaping company Groby Landscapes who are renowned in Leicestershire for their planting services recommend these herbs for the winter.
Rosemary may be the perfect winter herb; it’s a beautiful perennial herb which means it is sturdy enough to withstand the winter weather, and its flavour adds a wonderful holiday touch. You can add it to strong dishes with beef or lamb, or even add a sprig to cranberry drinks to give them a Christmas feel.
Basil will also grow throughout the winter, though it is important to not harvest too often as it doesn’t grow quite as many leaves as in warmer weather. If you’d like a more constant basil harvest, consider growing the plant inside on a window sill. Basil can be added to almost anything - chicken dishes, pesto, cocktails, and much more.
Mint is one of the strongest and most invasive herbs. Luckily, it tends to spread out like a weed, so make sure you grow your mint in a separate planter than your other herbs. Mint is perfect for your seasonal teas or holiday desserts. It’s extremely difficult to mess up, so this herb is great for beginners!
Sage is a popular herb for strengthening the immune system, so it’s great for winter when illnesses are running rampant. It can often be grown outside in the wintertime, but a planter in a windowsill indoors will work as well. Either way, make sure your sage plant gets medium to full sunlight. Add sage to your stuffed turkeys, cocktails, or pasta sauces for a delicious and savoury flavour. There are so many herbs you can work with in the winter, so don’t throw out your plants or lose hope when the air gets cooler. Rosemary, basil, mint, and sage are just a few of the herbs that can withstand colder temperatures - just remember not to harvest too often since leaf production will be lower than other seasons. If you live in an area with a lot of snow or constant freezing temperatures, it may be best to transfer your plants inside to a sunny room. Your holiday guests will be amazed at the fresh flavour you’ll be able to add to all of your holiday dishes and drinks!
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