As winter approaches, things slow down in the garden.
Here in the Deep South, we can still grow some hardy vegetables through the winter. Cole vegetables, like cabbages, arugula, and kale, some perennial or biennial herbs, as well as hardy greens like sorrel will survive our light frosts. If the winter gets nasty, we pull in the cabbages, but the greens still hang on.
A number of herbs also stayed green through the winter.
Sage kept right on producing some terrific seasonings for any poultry dishes we served on Sundays.
The parsley seemed to defy the winter entirely. It reached a height of almost two feet. It continued to produce throughout the spring season. Once the warmer dryer weather of summer came, it was inspired to produce umbrels of flowers, then some tiny seed. I am afraid most of those seeds ended up in my lawn. Can’t wait until next spring to see what comes up.
Oregano, too flourished through our winter, here. That oregano has amazed me from the start. I started it indoors in my Aerogarden, then planted it out in my herb bed. I thought it had died, because I did not seem it for a long time. Then, when I was pulling weeds, I found it hiding under some tall grass. Once exposed to the sunshine, it took off.
- The Herb Garden (groundtoground.org)
- Growing Fresh Herbs For Now And Later (hbb2obm.com)
- Good Eats from your garden: Arugula Pesto (shamanicgardener.wordpress.com)
- Oregano: from Culinary Herb to Medicinal Herb (naturalmedicinesonearth.wordpress.com)
- Winter Vegetable Gardening Outdoors (urbangardensolutions.wordpress.com)