Growing Herbs Outdoors Year-Round

World Organic News

By Rebecca Martin

A few steps from my back porch, close to my kitchen and in a sunny spot of the yard, I’m growing herbs outdoors — in January. I use a simple season-extension device known as a low tunnel to harvest fresh herbs even in the coldest, darkest months of my Kansas climate.

Rather than digging up all the summertime herbs and transplanting them into pots for wintering over indoors (where herbs begin to look anemic after about a month), I use a low tunnel to protect the plants in my existing kitchen herb garden. My low tunnel is a rectangle of 3-mil heavy-duty plastic held above the herbs by a few hoops of CPVC pipes with their ends stuck into the ground. The edges of the plastic are held down with sticks and old bricks. Learn more about this easy DIY project in Low Tunnel Construction: How to…

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