Weekend Herb Blogging: Herb Garden Update

The herb garden is taking root & all is well except for the oregano & cilantro. Evidently Cilantro is tough to grow. I know we have struggled with it in the past & this year is no different. What is the secret?

The basil, mint, thyme, Mexican tarragon & parsley are starting to flourish. We even had fresh basil with our pasta last week. I wish cilantro was as easy to grow as basil. Now that would be nice.

Thanks to Kalyn's Kitchen for hosting the 29th installment of WHB.


  • At 5:09 PM, Blogger Kalyn said…

    Oh, how I wish I had the secret for growing cilantro. I've never had any luck with it either.

  • At 7:02 PM, Anonymous wineguy said…

    Cilantro comes from a mountainous area of Mexico. It likes a cool, shady location with lots of moisture. In addition, it is a short-season annual. If you want a steady supply you must replant in two- or three-week successions. Look for varieties called "Slow Bolt" or "Long Standing". Let us know how it goes!

  • At 7:40 PM, Blogger Collin C. said…

    Great info!
    We saw Slow Bolt cilantro today at the veggie market. We will be sure to pick some up. When we saw it we were struck by how vigorous it was growing.

  • At 9:13 PM, Blogger Jeanne said…

    If you can get a few cilantro plants, and plant them in different areas, so you can figure out where it is most happy in your yard. Leave your happy cilantro plants in the ground to go to seed, and it will become a weed, self sowing every season. Save a few seeds as well, to toss where you want to start some more.

    Mine is happy, not in full sun, but not in shade either, its in partial sun, and it gets most of its sun in the latter part of the day, not in the morning. Good Luck.

    Parsley will grow exactly the same way.

  • At 4:18 PM, Blogger Collin C. said…

    UH-Oh, I hope our parsley doesnt suffer the same fate as our cilantro!

    We will definitely try your suggestion.

  • At 5:30 PM, Blogger christine said…

    Cilantro re-seeds itself yearly in my northern, coastal California garden and lasts until Fall when it bolts. We have temps of 50-60 degrees during our summer days and cool, foggy mornings and evenings. I guess it really like that combination. My oreganos also do very well here but I can't grow basil for beans!


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