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Tidying up the Garden

August 25th, 2016

While I used to drag my feet when the time came to cut back perennial herbs, I no longer do. Now I’m happy to tidy up the garden and add lots of organic matter to my compost piles. If you’ve ever let a self seeding plant go to seed, you’ll know how important it is to cut things back before they set seed. Cutting back perennial herbs is a lot like decluttering in the house. It cleans things up, keeps them tidy, and makes the garden look larger.
pruning perennial herbs 1
It can be really difficult to cut them back when there are still a few blooms on the plants, but now’s the time to do it. If you wait much longer the plant won’t have enough time to bloom again before the days get short and cold.
pruning perennial herbs 3
pruning perennial herbs 2
There will be an empty space for a week or two, but the plants quickly regrow filling out the space with lush foliage. Many herbs will even bloom again before frost providing much needed food for pollinators. Not all perennials need cutting back, many blooming plants like peonies just need deadheading. Herbs in particular benefit from a hard pruning towards the end of bloom.

Do you cut back your herbs for rebloom?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.