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RE: Holiday weekend


I think out of all the years I've tried to grow cilantro it has worked well
maybe twice. But I'll keep trying. One year I started parsley in the
greenhouse and ended up putting extras in the front yard. It was pretty
happy there, I had volunteer parsley for a number of years - but they never
got as big as the parent. I think if I can keep the benches in the
greenhouse somewhat clear I can start basil and parsley there since they
don't seem to mind being transplanted, and if I can manage to keep the weeds
down this year I might have better luck with dill and cilantro.  
Of course all this requires being organized...not the strongest part of my
skill set. 
I do the ice cube thing with cilantro when I have enough, and parsley, and
basil. I also freeze the pesto base, just basil and olive oil whirled in the
blender. Add cheese and sometimes pine nuts when you thaw it. Works great. 


Cyndi  

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Cathy Carpenter
Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 7:13 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Holiday weekend

I plant most of my herbs in pots, except for cilantro and parsley.  
Tried them in pots, and they just did not do well. I have dill,  
basil, oregano, and rosemary in pots and they have always thrived.  
Have you tried freezing basil in ice cube trays, and storing the  
cubes in ziplock bags for individual use?


Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On May 30, 2006, at 6:07 PM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:

>
> I need a different method to plant herbs. For the last 3 years I  
> have direct
> seeded cilantro, dill, parsley, and basil in rows and I've fought  
> the weeds
> every time. The first year I got great stands of basil and parsley;  
> last
> year only the dill struggled through. This year the basil and dill  
> look
> good, some cilantro but the parsley is very weak. I want the vast  
> quantities
> of herbs but too many weeds come up and you can't pull the weeds  
> without
> pulling the seedlings too. Next year I'll try the cilantro in pots,  
> I think,
> and start watering the garden quite early to see if I can germinate  
> the
> weeds first, then plant. At the very least I want piles of basil,  
> you've no
> idea how luxurious it is to be eating homemade pesto in January.
>
> Cyndi
>
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