Culinary Herbs – Winter Tips
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- Pull warm season herb plants out of the garden after frost.
- Continue to harvest perennial and cool season herbs.
- Send in soil samples to determine if lime or nutrients need to be added to herb beds. Learn more about soil testing in NC.
- Plan the herb garden: if starting plants from seeds, this is a good time to order seed packets, decide on whether to plant in pots or beds, and think about crop rotation for annual herbs.
- Sow cool season seeds indoors in a cool, sunny and brightly lit area. Plants can be transplanted outside in March.
- Sow warm season seeds indoors in a warm, sunny and brightly lit area. Plants usually take 6-8 weeks to grow to transplantable size. Do not transplant outside until after the last spring frost. This typically occurs around April 15.
- Trim back lavender and rosemary plants back by 1/3 either at Valentine’s Day or Thanksgiving. This keeps the plant healthy and prevents it from becoming leggy.