Frost tonight what should I bring inside

girlsingardens(zone 5 NE)September 18, 2006

We are supposed to get a frost tonight, first of the season. I am trying to decide what to bring in and what can handle the outside temps. It is only supposed to frost tonight and be in the 70's by Wednesday. I was thinking the rosemary, thyme, lemon thyme, lavender and sage. I was wondering how well these do inside during the winter. I would love to have fresh herbs all winter, but with 2 little ones ( 3 and 1) and 3 kitties in the house need to pick carefully which ones o bring inside. I also have oragano, costmary , chives, garlic chives, and mints. I think these will do okay outside.

Stacie

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makalu_gw(z5b NY)

I'd get the rosemary and lemon thyme in tonight. Thyme (vulgaris) will stay green under a bed of snow pretty much all winter and sage mostly does the same. The lavender will probably have to come in at some point since zone 5 is right on the edge of hardy without lots of mulch and then, only if you have good drainage during the spring thaws.

Oregano, chives and garlic chives will die back after a hard frost / freeze but they'll come back strong in spring.

Don't know which will overwinter best but I can tell you that cats seem to munch chives and garlic chive starts indoors in late winter, even if you're growing cat grass right next to them. The only thing that they seem to like better is lemongrass ;)

    Bookmark   September 18, 2006 at 8:36PM
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vera_eastern_wa(5a-5b)

The Lemon Thyme is usually hardy to zone 4 if planted in the ground. Your Lavender and Sage should do just fine especially thru frosts. If your are on the very edge of zone 4b a good mulch of straw laid down AFTER the ground in frozen should be sufficient. I'm zone 5b-6a Eastern Wa but I've friends north of me in zone 5a Eastern Wa who have no problems with lavender *English types* or the 'Grosso' making it thru the winter mulched or not. I don't mulch mine at all. There is also a very productive Lavender farm in Otis Orchards (eastern Wa...east of Spokane) in zone 5 in the foothills of Mt. Spokane and I know they don't mulch several acres :D

Vera

    Bookmark   September 25, 2006 at 10:47AM
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urban_will

Does anyone think hot caps might help those herbs see thru a light frost?

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 7:27PM
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urban_will

Does anyone think hot caps might help those herbs see thru a light frost?

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 7:28PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Never tried it. Let us know how it works for you.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 7:26AM
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urban_will

Does anyone think hot caps might help those herbs see thru a light frost?

    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 5:58AM
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