Growing Herbs In The Fall: These Are Your Best Bet

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Growing these herbs in the fall can brighten up your winter

The weather is getting noticeably cooler. Yes! The crisp air is among us and I couldn’t be any more excited. This is my favorite time of the year—pumpkins are on the porch, Halloween decorations are in place, and just the smell of autumn seems to cleans my soul.

Fall is also great for herb growing for many different herbs. This makes me excited as well, as I prepare my herbs now before the long winter ahead. Having herbs grow during the winter ads a little bit of ‘sunshine’ during the cold winter days ahead.

So I wanted to share some insights that might help you for growing herbs in the fall as well as which herbs you’ll probably want to grow.

Plant herbs now before the first frost hits, as this allow the roots to grow, mature and take hold of the soil. If you live in a very cold climate, you may choose to have an herb container. If this is the case, plant your herbs outdoors initially in your garden, which will allow your herbs to develop their own strength and hardiness.

Most herbs grow all year and will bloom during this time. But what herbs should you grow? It mostly depends on your dietary preference. Read below for the most popular herbs to grow in the fall.


Cilantro is a must have for most Mexican dishes and salsas and grows quite well in cool weather. Grab some coriander seeds – yep, this is a bonus plant that you get the tasty seeds and leaves when you harvest it – and head out to your garden. Plant the seeds about half an inch down in evenly moist soil and water them in well. They can tolerate partial shade and even frost. Cilantro grows 18” tall and you can harvest the leaves as it grows. Once it starts to flower, the seedpods will set shortly after.


Every fall garden should be growing a thyme variety. Thyme likes to trail and doesn’t grow very tall so plant it in the front of your herb garden or even in a hanging basket or on the edge of a container. Thyme’s roots are shallow so don’t make the hole larger than the root ball and gently pack the soil around the roots and water it in well. Thyme produces little flowers throughout its growing season and can be harvested at any time.


Don’t forget to get your lawn ready for Fall and Winter. You really should start now!
No fall garden is complete without Italian or Curly Parsley planted in it. This plant gets to be about two feet wide, so make sure to give it space. Parsley likes well-drained nutrient-rich soil (a great way to use some of your compost!). Harvest weekly to keep it coming back over and over again.


There are hundreds of varieties of Sage, so make sure to pick up a culinary variety that grows well for your area. They are hardy, drought-tolerated plants that put on a show of flowers in pinks, purples, blues, reds, and oranges. —Mindi Cherry

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