Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Overwintered perennial herbs

It was time for these perennial herbs to come out of winter hibernation.  They were kept in a covered growing rack (a small greenhouse thing we got for free to review from CSN last year) that we kept outside all winter long.  I didn't look inside the greenhouse at all during the winter, but I'm sure everything stayed frozen in there most of the time.  But a couple of weeks ago, I started seeing bits of green through the vinyl cover, so I knew the perennial herbs survived the long winter.

I started a few sage plants from seeds in the late spring of 2010.  The plant turned dry and gray over the winter, but it's been working hard these last few weeks to put on some new leaves.

Here is a part of the oregano madness that I started in the summer of 2009 from seeds.  I initially grew oregano in the ground, but they grew like monsters, spread out of control and threatened to take over the whole garden last summer.  So I pulled them all out, and just kept a tiny bit of the plant to replant in a small pot.  It looked rather unhappy for a while, and was still looking kind of brown and wilty at the end of last fall.  But it must have gotten over it, because now it's growing lots of new soft green leaves.  Oregano is going to be strictly confined to containers for me from here on out.

Here's a potted thyme, and this one has the same history as the oregano.  They were started from seeds in 2009, but the growth got out of control in the ground, so they were all pulled out except for a small clump of tangled mess that got planted in a container.  After repotting, the thyme looked fairly dead and stayed that way all winter long.  But it looks like it's ready to experience life one more time.  I'm seeing healthy green growth coming out of the woody stems.  I'm wondering if it needs a haircut.

All these pictures were taken right after they came out of the greenhouse.  After going 4-5 months without any water, they now have water and sunshine.  So they should be well on their way to once again being productive members of the edible garden this season.


Robin said...

I leave the oregano, thyme & sage out in the herb garden all winter and they do just fine. The sage always looks like that in the spring. Yesterday I trimmed my sage bush and oregano plants...they are starting to grow!!

thyme2garden said...

Robin, do your oregano, thyme and sage all grow in the ground? I might try that with sage this year. I wouldn't mind *a* bush, but my thyme and oregano last year were just spreading out horizontally across the whole garden like a blanket!

~Holly~ said...

Glad your herbs survived the winter! Hooray!

meemsnyc said...

Hooray! All of our perennial herbs made it too, but we kept ours on the enclosed porch. Oregano does grow like crazy.

Robin said...

I have a separate little herb garden where I have the perennial herbs planted. The oregano does grow like mad. Believe me, I go out there and just trim it back and rip some out when I feel that it is getting too big. I do dry a lot of oregano though. I don't have much of a problem with the thyme. I cut it and dry it throughout the summer. The sage will grow into a nice woody bush. I just cut all of the dead out of mine the other day and cut it back a bit. I really should have taken a picture.

RandomGardener said...

Oh! I didn't know oregano spreads. I know mint does that!! I grew it from a seed last year and it was a tiny plant with multiple branches. Now, I'm going to have to put it into a container, this year.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

How cool that you grew those from seed! I am too impatient to wait for little seedlings to grow big enough to use.

My herb garden has cement on three sides of it. I have oregano in a section where it is lower than the rest, so it is confined to a 2 by 2 foot area. Most thymes usually stay pulled, and can be kept the size you want that way. I would cut that one back, and it will grow from the lower stems, and maybe from the roots. I need to cut back my sage, too.

Gingerbreadshouse7 said...

I had herbs growing in my box garden and so far I have repotted the thyme,Rosemary and oregano into pots, if I didn't..they would take over the whole box..I also put them on the Patio so in the winter I don't have to go far to get it..Don't know why I didn't think of that before:o( All my mints are in pots, I went through that before grew all over the place.

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