Planting and caring for winter savory
Winter savory is a herb that belongs to the Lamiaceae family. There is another savory which is known as the summer savory. It is believed that both these herbs were around from ancient Rome that’s all the way back before our time so these herbs have been around for a while.
It is also believed that the ancient Romans introduced these herbs to northern Europe and Egland.
The winter savory is a perennial whereas the summer savory is an annual. The winter savory makes a great repellent and has been known to keep both bean weevils and aphids at bay and also reduce mildew. So if you have a problem with these insects, planting winter savory among your garden plants will help to make life a lot easier.
The aroma of summer savory is spicy while the winter savory has aromas of pine and sage.
The use of savory herbs
These herbs are used in soups, stuffings, sauces, egg dishes, poultry, fish, meats, corn, veal, cabbages, pork, and so on. Winter savory can really flavor and spice up your foods giving your dishes that WOW.
Growing winter savory
But how do we grow winter savory in our home gardens? I am so happy you asked.
1. Look for a sunny location to plant your winter savory.
2. The soil structure for planting winter savory should be well-drained soil that is alkaline. Adding organic matter or compost can help to condition your soil to have success when sowing savory seeds.
3. The seeds should be spread onto the soil’s surface and lightly covered with soil. Seedlings should be planted 10-12 inches apart.
4. When adding water use a spray nozzle attachment and set the gauge where the water comes out fine and misty like a showerhead If the water comes out too strongly or course as droppings will cause seeds to shift and will also wash or remove topsoils from your seeds.
Caring for your savory herbs
1. Soil should be kept moist, don’t allow the soil to dry out because this will slow down or hinder the germination process.
2. Adding manure to your plant bed will go a long way in the overall health of your plant.
Growing savory herbs in containers
Winter savory can also be grown in containers, the containers should be anywhere from 15 gallons or larger to give your herbs room to grow as they mature. Follow the steps above when installing in containers.
Who doesn’t love harvest time, this is the time to reap and to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Because winter savory is a perennial it can be harvested year-round. The best time to harvest this herb is the morning after the dew dries.
Only the mature stalks should be harvested, don’t remove all of the stalks but leave the majority so herbs can continue to grow.
Other use of winter savory herbs
Medical use of winter savory
Winter savory has other uses besides spicing up your dishes. This herb is also used to bring relief to persons with ailments that include.
1. This herb is used to treat the sore throat
3. Savory helps to relieve indigestion.
4. Helps with an upset stomach.
5. Can help to fight colic.
6. Helps to relieve menstrual disorder.
7. Fights inflammation.
Vitamin content of winter savory
The vitamin content of winter savory includes
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- B-complex vitamins
The final word
Growing and harvesting winter savory is that simple. These herbs are a delight and will really give your food that spice so considers adding winter savory to your garden so you can have an almost endless supply as you spice up those dishes while boosting your health.