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Cilantro

This classic herb has thousands of uses in the kitchen.

The aroma and flavor of cilantro is truly one-of-a-kind. And it’s so simple to grow! Cilantro is a cool weather herb. No herb garden should be without it in the spring and fall.

Use the plant foliage as well as the seed (this part is technically called coriander) for culinary purposes. Add a sprig of cilantro to your soups or chili. Grace your Mexican, Caribbean, or Asian dishes with a generous helping of chopped cilantro leaves. And, no homemade salsa is complete without fresh cilantro!

Can be grown indoors year-round under the right conditions. In zones 8 and up, it may be grown outdoors during the winter months.

Sow directly outdoors for best results and use succession planting every 1-2 weeks for optimal yields. Grow in full sun to partial shade.

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End-of-Summer Stock-Up Sale

Summer might be drawing to a close in the next few weeks, but that doesn’t mean gardening has to come to an end.

Fall gardening is a wonderful way to keep putting farm-fresh produce on your table for months to come. You can grow carrots, peas, greens, cilantro, lettuce, radishes, broccoli, and more this fall!

This week we want to give you the opportunity to stock up on everything you need for your fall garden and beyond. During our end-of-summer sale take $25 off your $50 purchase or… $50 off your $100 seed purchase – All seeds are half off (but you must use the coupon code)!

It’s the right time to order all your fall seeds, and perhaps a few other seeds to store or save for later. Stock up on your favorites, or do what I do … tuck some heirloom seeds away as part of your emergency food plan. When stored correctly, our seeds can last for many years.

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Fall Is A Great Time To Grow Herbs

Love fresh herbs? Fall is a great time to plant some of the hardiest members of the herb family.

Many herbs will grow well in cool weather and some will even produce well into winter if you live in a mild climate. So, plant yourself a little herb patch this fall, or put together a container of your favorite herbs by the kitchen door to enjoy as summer fades away.

Two of my springtime favorites, cilantro and parsley, can be reseeded in the garden once again for a fall repeat growing performance! These two herbs in particular grow quickly and thrive during the cool fall months. And, as winter grows closer, you can easily store their excess for winter use until spring planting season arrives again. Cilantro and parsley also make nice ornamental plants to place around your pansies and other fall and winter flowers.

Other herbs to consider growing (or continue growing) this fall:

Sage
Rosemary
Thyme
Chives
Mint

You may want to grow your fall herbs in pots or containers so you can move them if necessary, of if you want to overwinter them indoors.

A few tips:

Basil will die once frost hits. Just a little frost can kill a basil plant. However you can leave your already established summer basil plants in the garden until the frost or cool weather takes them out. Harvest one last time before the frost gets them, or attempt to protect them from any frost.

For other summer herbs, like oregano and tarragon, preserve what you can from the summer crop before cool weather sets in. Drying and freezing herbs is easy and fun to do. And, you’ll be glad you put in the hard work when you’re enjoying delicious herbs all winter long.

Dill likes cool weather, but it may not have enough time to grow into a large plant before the killing cold temperatures arrive. If you already have dill plants established – great! Let them keep growing. If not, you may want to start a fall crop with a transplant instead of seed.

When Old Man Winter does finally arrive (or his cousin Jack Frost) you may want to bring your fall herbs indoors. Chives will grow quite well in a sunny kitchen window. I also like to overwinter a pot of rosemary in the garage. It gets enough sunlight from the window and I water it once every week or two. It requires less water while it overwinters because it goes through a dormant phase. Come spring, I’ll take it back outdoors again.

For those gardeners who live in places where winter is mild, you may be able to continue growing some herbs, like rosemary, outdoors in the winter months. Success will depend ultimately on your climate. I live in North Carolina. I planted a rosemary bush in the ground when we moved into our home. It survived six “southern style” winters here in zone 7b … until this past year when we had one of our coldest winters on record. Needless to say, it bit the dust.

Even though the weather won’t be quite as hot in a month or two from now, your herbs still need about an inch of water a week, give or take, depending on the variety. Most herbs need a moderate amount of water, even when it is cooler outside.

Continue to pinch and prune your herbs regularly. Herbs grow best when they are trimmed and picked frequently. Pinching will keep them producing. So, don’t be shy – pick, pluck, trim, snip and use your herbs regularly!

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