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    Default Tried herbs for 1st time ever this year, but what to do over winter?

    Hi there,

    I wonder if I could please have some advice on my herbs? I've had a good poke around "The Herb Bed" but can't seem to find the answers I'm looking for. So if anyone would be kind enough, I'd so appreciate it1

    Okay, I've never grown anything before this summer and am a total novice so please excuse if this all sounds silly.

    I've got mint, rosemary, curly parsley, majoram and thyme growing out the back in pots. I bought them as wee plants from the garden centre and they've all thrived nicely. I've also got some oregano in the ground which I bought as a wee plant from the garden centre. And lastly, I grew basil over the summer on my kitchen windowsill. (Woo-hoo! I didn't kill any of this stuff!)

    So, what I am wondering is, how can I keep any or all of these plants going over the winter? Should I bring them inside? I could keep them in an unheated conservatory, though there's probably not room in my kitchen for the whole collection. How will the oregano get on in the ground over winter, cause I read somewhere they're fairly hardy? But then again, temperatures get to about minus 5 at night here in winter, so I'm not sure if it could withstand that!

    I just sowed some new sweet genovese basil in pots on the kitchen windowsill the other day but will they actually grow at this time of year?

    Any advice would be so brilliant, thanking you in advance!
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    Oregano and basil will not stand the winter outside. Rosemary is hardy, and mint is as tough as old boots. Parsley is fairly hardy too. What size pots are they in?

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    Thank you for your quick reply, it's really kind of you

    Well, the parsley is in a hanging basket but I might just get rid of it as I don't even eat the stuff very often.

    The pots are actually in a picture here:Garden-7988 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! They're not very big though.

    I'm wondering if I should dig up the oregano and put it in a pot and bring it into the conservatory ..? Or maybe it's not worth the bother, just sow/plant more next year?

    I hate being without basil though so I'm hoping I can keep some going all winter on the (south facing) windowsill!
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    I've got Oregano that has been outside for 2 winters now....including several weeks under snow last year.


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    My oregano/marjoram stays outside all year: it's also seeded itself everywhere, so it's coming up in the path, all over the beds ....
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    It's a good way to get herbs to the schools; pull it up at home and plant at school....


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    Ah, right ... I think I'll leave the oregano and see what happens. It's not a massive clump, only about ten inches across, so if it dies it dies. I hope our winter is better than last year's though, ugh, that was grim!
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    I'd take a few cuttings of your oregano & grow them in small pots indoors just to be on the safe side & maybe bring the smallest of your pots indoors as well, although some of the plants are hardy because they're in small pots they can freeze up completely or get waterlogged depending on the weather & could be killed, I lost some herbs this last winter, sages, oregano, rosemary etc. which were in pots, mind you it did go down to minus 15 here a couple of nights & we had about 2 weeks under about 2 ft of snow in the garden!
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