The cilantro project

If you remember back in late May I attempted to plant cilantro in a wide shallow pot to prevent it from going to seed…

CilantroAt first, it did decently. Then, it died. Undeterred, the boys and I bought some cilantro and tried to see if we could get that to live…

CilantroIt promptly went to seed, and then died. To add insult to injury, J dumped sand on it. However, I did learn a few things. First, cilantro grows better with some other plants around it to help keep the environment cool. Second, cilantro hates hot environment. It struggles to survive and then will almost immediately “go to seed” which means it won’t produce any of that flavorful cilantro, but you could make coriander. Which, I’m not going to. Next year, I am going to try it exclusively indoors, but I need a better planter and set-up for that. I wasn’t willing to try it again this summer, so instead I plopped in some dill I had bought to make refrigerator pickles:

DillIt looks like a big mess, but it is doing surprisingly well. The huge dose of rain we got in the past day helped it as well.

And as for our other plants:

IMG_5976 IMG_5977 They are doing amazingly well. The basil, as expected, is out of control, but I am regularly trimming it for pizza, pesto, and sandwiches to help maintain it. And I also learned that our little stock of plants are pet-friendly, which I had to look up because this missy:

ChloeIs a tiny dog dirt devil. Seriously, she tries to eat ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that looks like potential food, mulch, bugs, or dirt. A has especially been helpful in keeping an eye on our doggy sitting charges to keep them out of the plants. So to end, my quest to keep cilantro alive continues. Until next summer!

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2 Comments

  1. I was inspired by you to plant basil with marigolds this year. It’s also growing out of control! I cut it back regularly and have made all kinds of goodies! Can’t wait to see those puppies again soon. 🙂 She’s so big!

  2. I know, right? I haven’t had hardly any bugs on mine. A is such a smarty!

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