posted on Feb, 24 2015 @ 11:13 AM
a reply to: InTheLight
I like your map, I wish I could make it so! It shows me as a 5b when my space really hovers between 4a and b depending on the year. I don't count this
year. Your thirty below pushed you into my usual 4a.
Mints, chamomile, thyme, pulmonaria, bergamot, valerian, rhodiola roseacea, tansy, artemisia, and feverfew are some of the medicinal perennial herbs
that like zone 4. A few others like lemon balm, lavender and sage should like the zone you are in during most years. They are all super easy ones to
grow, except that I lose my feverfew to winter kill every once in awhile and have to replace it. I lost my pulmonaria last winter too, it got too cold
with no snow cover. I should start mulching better because the snow just hasn't been cooperating.
My herbs and flower seed are spoken for this spring season, but my gardens make a new batch every year.
I will send you seeds for next spring if you would like, just pm me. This spring we are making flower bombs for my sister's wedding, it was a good way
to absorb some seeds that we're getting a little older too.
Have fun! It's so nice to add to an existing space, it's more fun and less chore! I doubt either the thistle or the mullein would need to be started
indoors. They may even be the type of seeds that like to be scattered on the snow. My poppies are always happiest that way. I tried to scatter some
out without their chill and I ended up wasting seed. I have discovered that the plants that naturally freeze in the wild are happier that way. The
babied seed tends to be weak or not even germinate. I did it with a batch of Siberian iris too.
Eta- looking closer I'm actually a 3b according to the map, but though we typically hit -30 every year, it's not enough to hurt most of the time. The
years it does are probably the years I have winter kill issues.
edit on 24-2-2015 by woodsmom because: (no reason given)