Re: [gardeners] Herbs during California's rainy season

margaret lauterbach (
Thu, 16 Sep 1999 08:26:27 -0600

At 04:24 AM 9/16/99 -0700, you wrote:
>living here in Central Coast California, my experience is the same.  Frost
>kills in basil .   However frost will not harm oregano, in fact my
>experience is that oregano likes a beating.  As to serrano chiles, my
>suggestion is that you overwinter them.  Since they are perrenials (really,
>they are) they WILL survive frost but not well.  cover them with row cover
>or something to handle the winter months.  My habaneros have STILL not
>produced fruit and my serranos are just setting now, so I will probably do
>the same :)
Actually, basil turns black before the temp hits freezing degrees. I think
basil goes roots up at about 38 degrees.  Margaret L