The snow is covering my garden, protecting the roots of my perennials, trees and shrubs. Some of my perennials have seed heads which I have left standing to attract birds. The shrubs and taller perennials provide perches and cover for my feathered visitors. Last year I did not cut the seed heads off my lilacs, something I usually do as soon as they finish blooming. I was surprised this past winter to see birds extracting the seeds, so this year I left the seed heads for the birds.
Now that the leaves are down what can you do with them? You can ignore them and wait for the snow to hide them, you can rake them and bag them in pumpkin bags for Halloween, or just garbage bags, and then discard them, or you can blow them off the lawn to move them elsewhere or to pile and bag them. But if you are willing to look at other options you can put them to use in your yard.
It is possible to have fresh herbs all winter if you can provide the right conditions and proper care. There are annual, perennial and even biennial herbs. Sage, rosemary, oregano, garden thyme, chives and mint are some of the perennial herbs. For this article I will concentrate on perennial herbs that originated in the Mediterranean region. Since rosemary, sage, lavender, common thyme and oregano are not hardy or reliably hardy for us, many people have attempted to overwinter them in the home.
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Selecting a term
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