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Herbs for garden in the mountains

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we have a house in the mountains on approx. 1100 meter. we are changing the garden and would love to have quite a lot of different herbs, both for cooking and the nice smell.

we heard that majoram, thyme, oregano and lemon balm (Zitronenmelisse) definitely work but what else survives in the mountains?
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Re: Herbs for garden in the mountains

My crib is approx 900m, i grow everything:

Parsely, Bay leaves, mint, oregano, chives, sage, rosemary......

The only think i have trouble with is dill. But thats more of an issue with the dill being a bit weird here not the height or weather.

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Re: Herbs for garden in the mountains

Most basic aromatic herbs will grow, they are hardy and grow like weeds !

Basil you'll need to keep indoors
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Re: Herbs for garden in the mountains

Added to those mentioned: Lovage. Perennial, grows everywhere, you can't kill it. Even if you want to.

(Make sure you really like the stuff - It will take over your garden, and your life.)
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SC, does your bay laurel make it through the winter on it's own, or do you do anything special to protect it?
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Hi everyone,

we have a house in the mountains on approx. 1100 meter. we are changing the garden and would love to have quite a lot of different herbs, both for cooking and the nice smell.

we heard that majoram, thyme, oregano and lemon balm (Zitronenmelisse) definitely work but what else survives in the mountains?
My tips for herbs is grow stuff that you actually like to cook with (or as you say, for the smell).

Stuff like coriander and basil are easiest to grow if you sow seeds every few weeks in the spring/summer.
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My tips for herbs is grow stuff that you actually like to cook with (or as you say, for the smell).

Stuff like coriander and basil are easiest to grow if you sow seeds every few weeks in the spring/summer.
i don't like coriander too much and basil is too complicated for a garden. i prefer to have that in the kitchen.
also thinking about lavender. i quite like the smell of it.
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i don't like coriander too much and basil is too complicated for a garden. i prefer to have that in the kitchen.
also thinking about lavender. i quite like the smell of it.
If you are growing Mediterranean plants such as lavender, rosemary, thyme etc, make sure the soil is poor with loads of rocks and grit and with really good drainage.

I had such a herb area that wasn't doing well until I basically got rid of the soil and replaced it with what I described above. Everything then thrived.

In answer to your question - sage seems to survive okay too.
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SC, does your bay laurel make it through the winter on it's own, or do you do anything special to protect it?

I plant it in pots (with holes at the bottom of course), then near winter time its easily removable and stored in the keller covered with this white material stuff i bought in bau&hobby.

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Re: Herbs for garden in the mountains

We have lots of herbs, most do well, but basil is the exception.
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Re: Herbs for garden in the mountains

Bay leaf usually doesn't last through a freeze.
Lemom verbena is lovely, but also needs protection in the winter.
Make sure you like lemon balm/melissa - it grows like crazy.
I have lavender plants that have lasted at least 5 or 6 years. Awesome.
Parsley, especially the curly type, is really hardy.
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Stuff like coriander and basil are easiest to grow if you sow seeds every few weeks in the spring/summer.
How are you growing coriander? I have tried from seeds, buying plants everything. They just die on me. I usually keep them indoors but with lots of light. We are up at 900 m. so it might be too cold outside for them. All my other plants are doing great (parsley, basils, rosemary, mints, thyme, marjoram, chillies, lime trees). What am I doing wrong?
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How are you growing coriander? I have tried from seeds, buying plants everything. They just die on me. I usually keep them indoors but with lots of light. We are up at 900 m. so it might be too cold outside for them. All my other plants are doing great (parsley, basils, rosemary, mints, thyme, marjoram, chillies, lime trees). What am I doing wrong?
Could be too cold? They don't like being transplanted either.

Mine grow and then bolt (turn to seed) quickly.

The best thing seems to be to grow it from seed every few weeks so if a plant or two does die, you've always got more on the go.

I find the stuff impossible to grow well which is a shame as I love eating it.
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Re: Herbs for garden in the mountains

1 herb which is very pretty and loves altitude, silver grey and very cut leaves which contrast well with other herbs- is Artemisia or wormwood. Keeps mosquitoes and all sorts of kritters away as it is bitter as hell- hence its reputation for expelling worms from the body, and its use in many aperitifs, absinthe being the most famous, but also Suze, vermouth, martinis, etc.

And another is hyssop - again, used in many alcoholic drinks. pretty small leaves and lovely blue flowers. And of course for the prettiest of blue flowers, little stars with white centre to use in salads, etc- is borage. It does spread as the seeds 'explode' and send scatter seeds a long way - but very easy to pull out and transplant. And for bees and to help accelerate your compost, and also to eat, grow a goodpatch of comfrey- does get tall though, but pretty flowers which bees love. Lungwort or pulmonaria, especially the variegated leaved one has multicoloured flowers very early in Spring is is fab for bees too.
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If you are growing Mediterranean plants such as lavender, rosemary, thyme etc, make sure the soil is poor with loads of rocks and grit and with really good drainage.

I had such a herb area that wasn't doing well until I basically got rid of the soil and replaced it with what I described above. Everything then thrived.

In answer to your question - sage seems to survive okay too.
Not an herb but extremely healthy and easy to grow. It seems I am an expert at growing them. My garden is full of them, let me know if you need some.

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