Enjoying the sweet farewell of summer while reaping the rewards of a beautiful herb harvest, there’s nothing quite like it; we love growing our gardens in the fall. Watch as your fall herb garden flourishes this autumn season.
Planting your herbs in a container garden is the best way to ensure that they thrive through the fall season. Growing fresh herbs in the fall and winter can be rewarding on many levels; don’t underestimate the joy you experience when you add freshly harvested herbs to your favorite fall recipe.
Take a look at these helpful hints that will allow you to grow a healthy, long-lasting fall herb garden.
Growing All Year & Seasonality
Herb Gardens are great because they are so versatile; grow your herbs during all four seasons and let your garden become part of your culinary routine!
Growing herbs in containers is a great way to extend the seasonality of your herbs; by planting your herbs in a container garden, you can satisfy your green-thumb all year round!
That being said, every plant does have a season in which it thrives. Now that we are officially in the beautiful fall season, you’ll want to keep your eye on herbs that prefer cool temperatures.
Below is a list of herbs that thrive in the fall and winter seasons.
- Lemon Balm
When you plant in September and October, the cooler weather can help your herbs settle into their garden more quickly. If you are starting your fall herb garden, make sure your plants have healthy root systems already in place.
This will ensure that they have time to adjust to their new environment before the first frost. The days are still warm now, which makes the soil temperature just right for planting.
For more information on the seasonality of herbs, take a look at this article about Growing Herbs Year Round.
A Healthy Herb Garden is a Happy Herb Garden
When you’re embarking on the adventure that is growing a fall herb garden, it is important that you take measures to make sure your plants are happy in the growing process. If you are refreshing your summer herb garden with seasonal fall herbs there are a few things you should do:
- Harvest any summer herbs that you know will not tolerate the cooler climate.
- Remove any you have in your container and the top half of your soil.
- Break up and loosen the soil in the bottom of the container and add water while you are mixing it up.
- Add fresh soil to the top of your container and mix it well with the older soil. Water well.
- Add appropriate nutrients for the new plant varieties you are planting and mix in with the new refreshed soil.
Soil, Soil, Soil!
One of the best ways to ensure a successful growing season for your herb garden is by giving extra attention to the soil you’re using. Make sure your soil has been refreshed from your spring and summer harvests.
Although it’s always great when you can provide your plants with fresh soil, recycling is a good option too! If you’re reusing your soil, be sure to add in extra nutrients to replenish your plant’s growing environment. One great way to do this is by adding compost or fertilizer to your soil.
Next, you want to be sensitive to your herb garden’s temperature preferences. If you’re growing hardy herbs, you can start them outside in a container garden, and bring them in once the frost begins to settle.
Whichever herbs you choose to fill your garden this season, the container garden is your best bet for a thriving herb garden all year long.
Keep Your Herbs Fresh
Herbs are the gifts that keep on giving; while they’re growing, they are aromatic, exciting, and they make a lively addition to any room of the house.
After you harvest your herbs, you want to keep them as fresh as possible for as long as possible. Below are some tricks to help you do just that!
To keep your herb harvest fresh, you need to provide them with water and sunlight! Pay close attention to the variety of herb you are handling; depending on the type of plant, your herb may respond favorably to specific types of watering or light exposure.
For more information on keeping your fresh herb harvest extra spry, take a look at our guide to maintaining herb freshness.
Start Your Growth
Growing an herb garden is a wonderful addition to your gardening journey. Whether you’re a seasoned professional, or a brand-new gardener, your herb garden experience will never disappoint.
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