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Growing herbs in wet winter areas

 
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Like most people on the wet side of the PNW, I can grow licorice, thyme, and other dry soil preferring herbs easily in the summer. In the winter, they get too wet, they rot, and they die.  This is especially frustrating with perennials in a virus pandemic.   I got some advice and tried some experiments.  I put up a cover over both my licorice and thyme for the winter, and they thrived and are growing strong for a second year!  It's so exciting to find a solution to a climate problem! I am growing the Eurasian licorice, glychirriza glabra, because it is said to be the most powerful medicinal.   In the picture with different barrels, licorice is in the center of the barrels.  Check out the pictures:
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The plants.
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Licorice, thyme, isatis (woad), Baikal skullcap
Licorice, thyme, isatis (woad), Baikal skullcap
 
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Clever set-up John! I've not managed to grow licorice root, maybe it was too wet for it.
 
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This is also an under appreciated benefit of hugels, they can give you way better drainage and help keep plants from getting wet feet.
 
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