When temperatures get hot in March and the days get longer, it’s time to prepare herbs such as sage, rosemary or spring thyme. Many spices and tea herbs need this pruning in the spring, so that they grow wonderfully dense and compact in the summer and form many leaves.
Why reduce herbs?
The herbs are cut and transplanted when they are bald from below and only form new leaves at the top. However, pruning is always a reason to reintroduce the soil into herbs and provide them with good minerals. Depending on the herbal spices, which are in a too small pot, it is also the same as a slightly larger new pot.
Pruning perennial herbs.
Bald, ugly or withered buds are trimmed on the woody stick. This means that all the shoots of the plant are cut from 5 to 15 cm, depending on the age and wood of the sage. Pruning is done so that the power of the new shoots and leaves is mainly at the tips of the shoots. Do not forget to also remove thin and miserable shoots.
Pruning stimulates the growth of the sprouts and the herb of the spices, in this case the sage, branches better and becomes much busier. For example, thyme can be easily cut into shape. This makes the herbs much denser and looks much better.
Get spice herbs from winter storage
Do you have herbs in winter storage? Then put them outdoors and cut them if necessary. It is important that the herbs are not too sensitive to frost. It is better to put it on the wall in a soft and protected place. If temperatures fall below 5 degrees Celsius during the first 2 to 3 weeks, cover the plants with a garden fleece to protect them from low temperatures.
A little tip: especially in spring, chives and parsley are welcome herbs. As soon as the sun’s rays get hot, they can be harvested directly from the balcony box or the pot. By the way, did you know that the best vegetative propagation time for chives (root ball division) is in the spring?
Parsley loves fresh spring temperatures. Winter in a protected place (balcony or covered terrace, protected space in the garden or on the wall of a house), parsley begins to sprout in February, depending on the weather. Harvested smoothly and economically, it already delivers the first valuable vitamins in March. A little snow or cold cannot damage it.
Herbs in spring ornaments
It is important that the herbs are in large enough vessels and have room to grow. Especially in the spring, many beautiful pots are available at the garden center, specialty stores, hardware stores or florists.
For rosemary and thyme, be sure to use herbal soil that has a slightly sandy content. In addition, the pot must have good drainage, so that the flooding does not arise. Because waterlogging doesn’t like Mediterranean herbs at all.
At first, pour the herbs gently and carefully, especially if they come from winter storage. Gradually pour a little more to prevent the garden herbs from getting too much water.
A small selection of garden herbs that you can spend the winter without problems:
- perennial marjoram
- Parsley (biennial)
- Lovage (Maggie grass)
- lemon balm
- Place the rosemary (depending on the area / region in a protected place or in a winter store without frost)
- Organize the curry herb (depending on the area / region in a protected place or in a frost-free winter storage, ev.
Cold sensitive spice herbs
Here is a small selection of herbs that should be kept fresh and bright at approximately 5 to 10 ° C:
Spices herbs on the windowsill
Another way to harvest aromatic herbs in early spring is the aromatic spices on the window sill. Starting in March, buy the first spice seed plants in a supermarket or garden center and place them on the window sill. As these herbs are not yet resistant, they do not tolerate outside temperatures. Then, first harvest the tender leaves directly from the window sill and then plant the herbs in pots or directly in the garden from late April / mid-May.
Annual herbs often need heat.
- one year marjoram
- tasty one year
The herbs of a year like basil, dill, annual marjoram, salty or hyssop are usually very warm, so it is not worth spending the winter. It is better to get these new every year. They are usually available from early to mid-May in stores. Or you try yourself as a gardener and sow the herbs on your window sill or, for example, grow basil.