Autumn – reaping and, yes – sowing!

Autumn is here in the Southern Hemisphere and what an incredible time that is in the herb garden. What? You’ve put your gardening tools away? No, no, no! Harvesting, cleaning up and mulching is not the only tasks for your fall garden. There is still lots that can be sown and grown and propagated.

Reflecting back on the natural way of things, it is exactly late summer and autumn that many of the biennial and perennial plants’ seed fall to the ground, making this a good time to start some herb seeds. Propagating herb plants in autumn will also ensure that your plants have a good head start on spring.

If you are lucky enough to have a greenhouse, or live in a temperate or subtropical region without much frost, you can start herbs at almost any point of the year. But even without these, you can still have success with growing some of your favourite herbs in fall and winter.

Calendula seedlings

Calendula seedlings

Here’s a few you can try:

  • Coriander
  • Parsley (Curly and Italian)
  • Chives
  • Marjoram
  • Thyme
  • Savory
  • Oregano
  • Sage
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Balm
  • Mint

Some others you may give a go: Angelica, Agrimony, Wild Bergamot, Mulberry, Queen Anne’s Lace, Sweet Violets, Cornflowers and Passionflowers.

And possibly even these few that are actually better suited to a late summer planting – but hey, we can only always try! Lovage, Liquorice, Sorrel, Hyssop, St John’s Wort, Yarrow, Valerian and Catnip

Don’t forget the vegetables (or pot herbs)! But more on that in another post.

Happy planting!

Please share with us what herbs you have successfully propagated and grown through fall and winter? Any tips and tricks to guarantee a successful overwinter plant?

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