Herb Gardening in Fall
By Tammy Sons
Herbs are an inseparable part of most of the cuisines. People all over the world use different varieties of herbs for medicinal or culinary purposes. In fact, herbs are so popular and essential for our daily kitchen supply that most of us like to grow them at home. This ensures that we have the freshest supply available for use in the kitchen.
Many people think that herbs can only be planted in summers or spring. However, most of the aromatic herbs require cool and moist climatic conditions to perform their best. Growing herbs in the fall will make them last through winter season and even in spring. It is best to plant herbs in containers or pots so that they can easily make it through the harsh winters. Most of the herbs can be grown in containers and kept indoors provided that they get their share of sunlight. Four to five hours of sun is generally enough for them to thrive well.
Apart from sunlight, herbs also need well- drained soil to grow. It is important to ensure that the container or pots have drainage holes so that the extra moisture is drained out. Herbs can be planted in most of the soils provided that it is rich in organic matter. If soil quality is not good then it can be improved by adding manure or compost.
Some of the common herbs that can be grown during fall season are Thyme, Rosemary, Mint, Basil and Sage. All these herbs are easy to cultivate and if maintained well they can thrive well indoors. The herbs that are ready for harvest can be dried and kept in containers for later use. Dried herbs are also great and can be used in many recipes. It is important to dry or cure them in sun properly before storing so that they do not get damaged by mold or fungi. Burning Bush shrubs are vibrant and also look well in fall.