It’s autumn! This week with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio, we chatted about putting your bible herb garden to bed. Here’s some timely info:
PUTTING YOUR BIBLE HERB GARDEN TO BED
Whether you grow your Bible/Mary Garden in the ground or in pots, this is the time of year to think about putting it to bed for the winter.
Perennial Bible Herbs: Trim them back.
Some herbs are cold hearty, like the woody perennials of sage, lavender and thyme. Also mint! Trim only a third of their growth back to give the plants enough strength for winter.
Most annuals do not survive our harsh, Midwestern winters.
Pot up herbs for indoors.
Sometimes both annuals and perennials survive winter when placed in a light, airy, warm area.
I can’t guarantee success here, but it’s worth a try. Actually, the container herbs wintered over spectacularly well last year in my unheated, attached garage, with dim light and very little water. The containers held both annual and perennial herbs. Their flavors were not intense since herbs need the right climate to develop their volatile oils.
My bay tree lives all winter in the house, providing fresh leaves for cooking.
Before you bring any herbs in, let them adjust by leaving them outdoors in a protected place for a couple of weeks before bringing in.