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Herbs in the South

Mobile, AL(Zone 8b)

Although I use dried herbs while cooking, I have never grown them. I live in the deep South. In late July, August and early September the heat as well as the humidity runs between 95 and 100 degrees. My tomato plants will stop producing and fight just to survive at this time. Is there anything I just shouldn't waste time trying to plant?
Help!!!
Jan

Pineville, LA(Zone 8b)

Jan - I'm also in 8b, and have had no trouble with any of the herbs I grow. Those that say full sun to part shade, I go shade because of the extreme heat and they do well.

Grits

Mobile, AL(Zone 8b)

Thanks Grits
I won't be shy about what I plant. I'll take your advise about the full sun to part shade
Jan

Richmond Hill, GA(Zone 8b)

Another 8b'er here! I have no problems growing herbs either. I make sure all of my herbs (regardless of what's called for) get some shade for part of the day.

P2

Pineville, LA(Zone 8b)

Oh, that our property would only have morning sun. . . Wouldn't that be wonderful? My herbs are hardy even thru winter - especially the thyme, it's sprouting up all around the mother plant.

Our friend also has lots of rosemary that winters over well.
Grits

Brewers, KY(Zone 6b)

zone 9 here...I can grow parsley year round and rosemary too.My rosemary is blooming right now, it has pretty purple flowers. My herbs are grown in morning sun, with protection from the hot evening sun. Lisa

Mobile, AL(Zone 8b)

Thanks Grits
Thanks Lisa
I have rosemary, parsley and tyme on my list. Now I know where to plant them! I hate seeing my beautiful plants keel over with heat about 1pm. I know they are taking a pounding. Do you know of any herbs that need that kind of heat!

More questions!
Jan

Richmond Hill, GA(Zone 8b)

Dill and basil will take that kind of heat for sure. :)

P2

Brewers, KY(Zone 6b)

Jan,I am going to get a little off thread here, but you have the neatest little town! We always pass through Mobile going to Fla. but never really saw the town. In Jan. we were there for the Hort Expo at the convention center and stayed at the Comfort Inn by the mall. I was pleasantly surprised how nice ya'll town was :-) Lisa

Lancaster, CA

Hi Jan (and all),

I'm 8a but completely different from your southern humidity. I get HEAT but no moisture in the summer. Sage does very well here. It will not tolerate overwatering but in a raised bed in full sun in may do well for you. Also lavendar thrives in a hot climate with enough moisture. Chives will do alright for you and oregano too I think if planted near a west wall on the eastward side for afternoon shade.

My suggestion for practically all herbs is well drained soil.

Chris

Mobile, AL(Zone 8b)

Thanks Lisa
I like Mobile too, it's just big enough for me!

Thanks Pete and Chris for the input, I'll try the dill basil oregano and chives. I'm going to put lavender in later in the summer and let it overwinter in my greenhouse. That way I may get flowers the first year!
Ya'll been a great help.

Richmond Hill, GA(Zone 8b)

Your welcome, Jan.:)

Chris, what state are you in? That's so true about the desert heat! I remember driving cross country for a month (before children of course. LOL) and spending lots of time driving in the desert in 100+ temps. When I found out how hot it was, I couldn't believe it! The heat without all the humidity we have here is really not so bad. :)

Terri

Joshua Tree, CA(Zone 8b)

Oh my gosh! Another desert Gardener? Chis, may I ask what area are you in? E-mail me, I would love to talk to another desert Gardener. Are you from the desert Gardeners Group? If so I know You! I have rosemary, parsley, all year. Dill, and Basil are very easy. Chives, too. I grow these in full sun. Now here, a good layer of mulch, 2 inches, really makes the difference. Keeps the ground cooler, keeps it from evaporating. Also when it is hot you want to collect the herbs in the morning hours. Before the oils on the herbs dry out.(in full sun.)I clip off the side leaves never the top, it can kill the plant. Just a few off the side at a time.

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