One of our favorite herbs is cilantro and I'm pleased to announce that it is reappearing in our garden as one of our fall crops. Cilantro grows great in the cooler weather. Here in Tennessee it will last until late spring when the temperatures get warm. I usually let our cilantro bolt and it reseeds readily.
I know many people aren't big fans of cilantro but we use it frequently and are always excited to harvest anything from the garden rather than the grocery store shelves. If you like cilantro and haven't grown it before you really need to try it. It grows easy without any special care, doesn't have pest issues, is a great companion plant (to keep away aphids, spider mites, and potato beetles), and even is an awesome edible ornamental when it bolts!
We have a few other fall crops beginning to appear but I'll save them for a vegetable garden update next week.
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Friday, September 17, 2010
The Cilantro is Coming Back!
Dave is the author of Growing The Home Garden and runs a small nursery business growing vegetables and herbs for local customers in Spring Hill, TN. (Blue Shed Gardens or FB page). He has written for gardening publications, Troy-Bilt and Lowe's and is available for edible garden consulting. Dave gardens organically and when he isn't writing, collecting seeds, or propagating plants he's parenting his 4 children as a stay at home dad.