Growing Herbs in Texas: Preparing the Herb Garden for Snow

| 12/4/2009 1:55:24 PM

C.MeredithCynthia Meredith has been gardening with herbs, reading about herbs, and discussing herb gardening in Texas for more than 20 years. She has owned The Herb Cottage ( for over 10 years, selling herb plants to people all over our state.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. I was in California, meeting my newest great-niece for the first time and celebrating with my family there. It was a very satisfying visit. Even so, I'm always so glad to come home to our farm and my nursery. This time, I came home to the news of a serious cold front on its way. Time to winterize! 

Summer shade house
Summer shade house covered for the winter.

Well!! The weather certainly has changed overnight. Even yesterday, while I was putting the final touches on winterizing here at The Herb Cottage, moving plants into the greenhouse and wondering just how cold it would get, the temperatures made it into the 50s and the sun was shining. Not so today... no way. It's gray, windy and cold. I've already seen a little bit of sleet and snow. I know those of you in other parts of the state are also seeing real winter weather today.

Winter Greenhouse bench
One bench in the winter greenhouse.

I just had a call from a neighbor regarding what plants in her garden would be hardy overnight, when it's supposed to dip to about 26 degrees. Mostly she was concerned about lettuce and snow peas. Both of which, I told her, would be fine without a cover. I think she's going to cover her lettuce anyway. That's a good idea to keep the tips from possibly getting frost bitten. Then she had questions about her herb garden. She asked if her rosemary would be OK? Oh, yes, I said. Rosemary can easily take down to the middle 20s for a few hours.