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Cut back herbs in fall?

Posted by muhnkee Colorado (My Page) on
Mon, Oct 23, 06 at 16:08

Hi all-

I have recently acquired my first home (in zone 4b-5b), which came with a beautiful garden. There are a variety of herbs such as sage, greek oregano, basil and thyme. I'm new to gardening and was wondering if I need to prune back any of these before the snow hits or if I should wait until spring. I've already pulled the basil, which I know is an annual. Would the other herbs benefit from a pruning since they seem not to have been harvested much during the summer? And would it damage them at all to harvest some for drying right now? Thanks for any input...

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RE: Cut back herbs in fall?

I cut my oregano down to the ground before it flowers or just after or I get a huge outbreak of the stuff in the spring. Thyme can be cut right back and any shrubs like rosemary, hysop, sage etc. will fuller if you cut them back.
Good luck

RE: Cut back herbs in fall?

I leave my herbs in the ground. Depending on the winter weather ,some will survive to spring,others die back naturally and re-grow,some just disappear. I like letting nature take its course.

RE: Cut back herbs in fall?

I wouldn't cut anything back right now and wait to clean them up in spring.


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