Fall Herb Gardening

Despite what some may think, you don't have to put away the gardening trowels once the sun sets on summer. You can extend the life of your garden an extra month or two into fall, depending on your location, with the right plants that are equipped to handle autumn conditions.

 

Tips & Tricks

Seasonal vegetables like squash, kale and broccoli are typically seen as go-to fall garden must-haves, but there are also a handful of hardy herbs that can be grown if you're looking for a more low-maintenance or smaller-scale approach to fall gardening. Creating a fall herb garden also provides the benefit of being able to use herbs well after the gardening season wraps up, as they can be dried and jarred for use in recipes during winter. 
 
Herbs can be planted in both in-ground and container gardens. If you have a smaller yard or live in an area that experiences frequent temperature swings, it's best to house herbs in containers so you're able to move them freely, and bring inside should frost and chilling temperatures occur. For areas that tend to experience mild falls and frost later in the season, in-ground gardens can also be used for your fall herb garden. In-ground garden soil should be turned over with a tiller prior to planting to replenish soil and help deter weed growth. Fall tilling also gives you the chance to work in organic compost so your herbs have plenty of nutrients to feed off of for growth and strength. 
 
Whichever type of garden you opt for, try incorporating these herbs for a fresh, flavorful fall garden. 
 
- Parsley
- Chives
- Thyme
- Cilantro
- Mint
- Sage
- Rosemary
 
Once you've planted the herbs of your choice, it's important to keep soil moist; however, with different fall weather patterns, watering may be needed less frequently than it is in the summer. Also, when herbs start producing leaves, it's best to harvest and prune as needed to encourage new growth. 
 
When frost arrives, container plants should be taken inside and in-ground gardens should be covered with a cold frame or with some sort of drape that shields plants. As frost and cold temperatures become more prominent in the season, retire your in-ground garden as needed or take your container plants indoors for the duration of the fall and winter. For indoor herbs, plants should be placed in warm areas of the house that receive sufficient sunlight throughout the day.