Perennial Herbs - Hardiness Zones and More I've put together a list of perennial herbs and their respective hardiness zones. If you don't know your hardiness zone, follow the link to find out. Armed with that information, the list will give you a good idea of the herbs that will grow for you outdoors year round: USDA Hardiness Zone Map Low Tunnels vs Cold Frames In my last post, I shared with you how it’s desiccation, not really cold temperatures per se, that is most damaging to cold-tolerant plants. While it’s true that cold frames and low tunnels provide a growing environment that is slightly warmer than ambient temperature, the increased relative humidity in these structures and the protection they provide from winter’s harsh winds allow plants to survive at MUCH colder temperatures than they otherwise would. So while lettuce should theoretically die at 28° F (-2.2° C), it has survived and thrived in my low tunnels that registered 10° F (-12.2° C) inside when temperatures outside dropped to -8° F (-22.2° C). That’s pretty powerful protection! Because cold frames have been around a lot longer than low tunnels, many more gardeners are familiar with them for winter growing; I usually don’t have to explain what a cold frame is to participants at my winter gardening workshops.
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Saving Seeds: 7 Reasons Why and Dozens of Tips for How When you save your own seeds, you are joining a chain of farmers, gardeners and seed savers that dates back to the Stone Age. All domestic crops were once wild plants that early humans selected to feed themselves or, later, their livestock. Today, gardeners save seeds for many reasons. Eight Herbs for Your Perennial Herb Garden Which Herbs Will I Choose? Perennial herb gardens will give you an inexpensive and fresh supply of many herbs. Just think, you'll have mint for your teas all year long, either fresh or dried.
How to Grow Garlic & Save Money Garlic is best planted between November and April although you will generally get a bigger and better crop if you plant it in the autumn. Garlic bulbs are sold according to their suitability for spring or autumn planting. Once you have bought bulbs you can save the best best specimens every year and plant the cloves.