As winter settles over Cape Town, gardening enthusiasts might think it’s time to hang up their gloves until spring. However, with a bit of planning and the right techniques, winter can be an excellent season for cultivating herbs. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a novice, growing your own herbs not only brings freshness to your cooking but also adds a touch of greenery to your home during the colder months.

Here are some valuable tips for successfully growing herbs like Marjoram, Chives, Curry Plant, Thyme, and Rosemary in Cape Town’s winter climate.

Herbs Cape Town

Thyme is a hardy herb that thrives in Cape Town’s winter climate. It prefers well-drained soil and can tolerate both full sun and partial shade. Water thyme moderately, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between watering sessions. Prune regularly to prevent the plant from becoming woody and to encourage new growth. Harvest sprigs as needed and enjoy the earthy, aromatic flavor in various dishes from stews to roasted meats.

Curry Plant
Known for its aromatic leaves, curry plants require full sun to grow successfully. In winter, ensure they receive ample sunlight to maintain their flavour and aroma. Water sparingly but deeply, allowing the soil to dry out between watering. Prune regularly to maintain a compact shape and harvest the leaves sparingly, as they are potent and flavourful additions to culinary dishes.

Rosemary is well-suited to Cape Town’s Mediterranean climate and is relatively drought-tolerant once established. It thrives in full sun but can tolerate some shade. Water rosemary sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out between watering to prevent root rot. Prune regularly to maintain a bushy shape and harvest sprigs as needed for culinary use. Rosemary adds a robust flavour to roasted vegetables, meats, and bread

Marjoram thrives in well-drained soil and plenty of sunlight. In Cape Town’s winter, ensure your marjoram plants receive at least 6 hours of sunlight daily. If grown indoors, place them near a south-facing window. Water moderately, allowing the soil to dry slightly between watering to prevent root rot. Prune regularly to encourage bushy growth and harvest the leaves as needed for fresh seasoning.

Garlic Chives
Chives are resilient and can tolerate cooler temperatures well. They prefer a sunny spot but can also thrive in partial shade. Ensure the soil is well-drained but consistently moist. Water chives when the top inch of soil feels dry. Avoid overwatering as this can lead to fungal issues. Trim flowers to promote leaf growth and enjoy their delicate onion-like flavor in salads, soups, or as a garnish.

If you’re inspired to start your own little herb garden this winter, Landscape Art Garden Centre offers a wide selection of herbs, including Marjoram, Chives, Curry Plant, Thyme, and Rosemary.

Visit us to explore our range of herbs and gardening essentials. Enhance your herb-growing experience with our special herb pots designed to nurture your plants through the seasons.

Winter in Cape Town doesn’t have to mean the end of your gardening adventures. With these tips and a bit of care, you can enjoy fresh herbs all year round, adding flavour and vibrancy to your culinary creations.

P.S. If you don’t have a garden, consider purchasing one of our miniature, medium or large herb pots!

Happy Gardening 🌿🌼