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Herb garden Thyme, basil, sage and Co. - properly overwinter herbs

All herbs that shed their leaves can be overwintered in the dark. Evergreen herbs such as laurel, sage or rosemary need light in their winter quarters.

Annual or Perennial Herbs?

Many herbs, even those considered annual, have robust varieties that are perennial. This can be easily explained using the example of basil. Basil is native to warmer climates, originally grows in Africa, Asia, South America and likes it warm. If the temperatures drop below 12 degrees Celsius, the plant stops growing. But the variety of varieties is great, there are various perennial basil varieties that are sensitive to frost, but can survive for several years in suitable winter quarters and grow into shrubs. The Thai basil is considered particularly robust. Gardener Brigitte Goss has discovered the African basil for herself and the now considerable shrub in a pot for the fourth year in her garden. She winters the tub in her temperature-controlled greenhouse at around 10 degrees Celsius.

Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
Dill (anethum graveolens)
Savory (Satureja hortensis)
Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium)
Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)

Hibernate herbs in the bucket

The advantage of herbs in the bucket is that - depending on the weather - they can be transported very flexibly. The last winters were so mild that even sensitive herbs like rosemary could be left outside with a light frost protection from brushwood. If very cold nights are announced, the pots can quickly be moved to the garage or the hallway. It is important that the pot has a water drain to prevent waterlogging. Wood under the bucket is also helpful.

Watering herbs in winter

Herbs stop growing in winter. However, they should never dry out. Check the plants on the bed and in the tub regularly and water if necessary if the soil is too dry.

Be careful when pruning

Herbs are harvested in late summer and thus get the right cut for the winter. If the nights are already cold, they should no longer be cut, says gardener Brigitte Goss. Especially for the evergreen herbs such as sage, thyme or laurel, pruning in autumn can be dangerous. The open wounds can no longer heal and the plants perish.

These garden herbs are hardy - tips for wintering