How to Harvest Annual and Perennial Herbs
So you've been growing herbs and now it's time for a big, end-of-summer harvest. You watched our video where Tricia shows you how to harvest and preserve herbs -- and she says that you should use different techniques for annual and perennial herbs. Wait a minute -- which herbs are annuals and which are perennials? They all grow in the summer. We'll give you a quick guide to which herbs are annual and which are perennial. Some herbs are easy to figure out. An evergreen like rosemary, that lives on through winter snows and increases in size over the years is a perennial. Cilantro has delicate leaves and that's a tip-off that it's an annual. Within perennials there are two kinds -- tough-customer hardy perennials like lavender that make it through a USDA zone 7 winter, and the tender perennials that make it through a "rough" Santa Barbara winter (they'll only be perennial for you in zones 9 - 11). By the way, the USDA recently relabeled many of the zones, so your own USDA zone might have a new number. Find out your current number here. The odds are that if you have herbs in your garden you have both annuals and perennials. Coming up are lists of both kinds of herbs, along with the techniques for harvesting and preserving them.