Plot for success, whatever its size…
If you have a large plot… polytunnels and greenhouses are ideal for over-wintering slightly more sensitive plants, such as lettuces and broad beans.
They can also extend your growing season, by providing the right environment in which to grow plants from seed until they are ready to plant out in the garden. A greenhouse or polytunnel also gives you the ready excuse of ‘attending to vital matters of horticulture’ whenever it’s time to take out the bins, walk the dog, do the dishes… or whatever other household task you’d rather avoid, in your cosy greenhouse or polytunnel, with a flask of tea.
You could even have a go at building your own polytunnel, using a steel or wood frame and plastic sheeting. On wet and windy days, you’ll be glad you made the effort.
If space is limited… consider making a vertical herb garden out of pallets.
You’ll find plenty of inspiration on social media. But far from being a passing trend, these herb planters offer a really practical solution for smaller spaces and can be put together for just a few pounds.
When it comes to which herbs to grow in winter, mint, thyme, lemon balm, sage and chives are all very hard to kill - and oregano and parsley will also put up a good fight, even in cooler climates.
However, your herbs will go dormant during winter months before coming back with new growth in the spring. To enjoy fresh herbs all year-round, simply transfer your plants to containers and keep them on a sunny windowsill, ideally in your kitchen.