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1-2-3 Done!™ Herb Pots

1 2 3 Done Who doesn't enjoy eating great food? I know I certainly do and food just tastes better when seasoned with herbs fresh from the garden. In addition to their use in recipes, they are beautiful, fragrant additions to containers and flowerbeds.

From an economic standpoint, herbs make a lot of sense. Go to the grocery store and look at how much it costs to buy a bundle of "fresh" rosemary. For about the same price you can purchase a live plant that you can snip from all summer.

Getting started growing herbs is easy because they are tailor made for containers. Grab a few herbs, some potting soil, a big pot and 1-2-3 your done! Fresh herbs!

Cilantro Container

P. Allen Smith Potting Up Herbs Cilantro is a must have herb is you like Mexican or Asian dishes. It prefers cool temperatures. In regions with hot summers plant cilantro in spring and fall. In addition to a the wonderfully aromatic leaves it produces the seed we know as coriander.

This project works with any of your favorite herbs.

Materials

Directions

Fill your container with soil to about 6-inches below the top.

Bonnie Plants herbs come in a biodegradable pot so all you have to do is remove the plastic wrapper, tear the off the bottom and plant.

Fill the pot in with more soil, leaving about 1-inch of space between the soil and the top of the pot so you can water.

Water your plants and you are done!

In a very short time, your container will be full of fresh cilantro. Try potting up solo plantings of other herbs and group the containers together for an easy care herb garden.

Growing Cilantro

Plant cilantro about a month before the last frost in spring. You can also plant it in fall in mild climates where it will overwinter. .Cilantro needs full sun and well-drained soil, Partial sun is okay in the hot climates of the South and Southwest.

Cilantro grows very fast. As soon as the weather gets hot, the plants begin to grow tall and lose their leafy fullness. The tall plant forms flowers that will bear coriander seeds. Because of this, some gardeners plant every few weeks.

Cilantro frequently self sows. As seeds fall to the ground, little plants often come up during the season and the following spring.

Fertilize Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food after 4 or 5 harvests to provide nutrients for continued growth.

Harvest cilantro often to keep new growth tender and succulent. Older stems get tough. Cut the outer stems near ground level and remove leaves. Avoid cutting more than a third of the plant at time if you want to harvest until the plants go to seed. To harves the brown coriander seeds, let the plant flower and form seed heads . Use seeds whole or ground.