Posted: 03/04/2013 at 23:30
Could you assist a complete beginner amateur gardening enthusiast with the query below please?
I am growing basil, mint, chives, parsley, rockets and rosemary from the beginning again. I want to put them outside for the summer but when I did this last year with the same set of herbs they got infested with annoying little flies. When it turned late October, I brought them in doors and they died (I think, there was just stalks left, nothing was growing), slugs were hiding in them on the soil and my poor flat was full of the buzzing flies.
I wondered if I could have left those plants outside all winter and would they grow back (bearing in mind our winters in the UK are freezing sub zero)?
I am considering getting one of those four tier greenhouse frame and cover type things for our small balcony to put them in but if the cold will kill them it'll be a waste of money.
They are growing on my window sill atm but I'm noticing low production of leaves and my mint leaves are growing about 1cm diameter before it turns brown and dies.
Thanks for any advice!