Winter Savory is a hardy semi-evergreen perennial herb from the mint family. It keeps its leaves in mild winters, which means it can be picked all year round. It is a compact plant reaching 30cm tall by 20cm wide, is easy to grow and requires little attention once established.
It has small leaves and small white flowers with a pinky/purple tinge. The leaves have a peppery flavour, similar to thyme and perfect to grow in pots.
The summer flowers also attract bees and other pollinating insects.
|When to Sow
|Sow indoors March to May.
|Where to Sow
|Grows best in light well drained soil, in a sunny position.
|Sow seeds indoors 1/2cm(1/4in) deep in barely moist seed compost in pots or trays.
|Cover with a sprinkle of finely sieved compost as they need light to germinate and maintain at a temperature of 15 to 20°C (59 to 68°F).
|What to do Next
|When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into 7.5cm (3in) pots and harden off the plants for 7 to 10 days.
|Plant them outside in their final growing position once the risk of frost has passed, 30cm (12in) apart.
|Whilst the plant is still young keep the compost moist however once established do not overwater.
|All year round once established.
The stems do become woody with age so it is good to regularly pick the stems to ensure fresh new growth.
|Savory has been found to be a rich source of the following vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, Fiber, Iron, & Calcium
|Winter savory goes well with meat and beans and is often used in a bouquet garni.
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