No, I'd forgotten it would grow fast. I checked on it today. The compost is still soaking wet and I fear the roots will rot. It is, however, looking a little better and standing more upright...we don't seem to have caterpillars in my town area and the pigeons have ignored the seedlings. I am now waiting for basil and dill seeds to germinate. BazFaz gave me the basil (strangely) and I'm germinating the dill for a friend. I don't want dill in my small garden - well, not much of it.
Do you have any clear plastic bottles,ie coke, milk . Cut the bottoms off ,high enough to make little hot house , put some holes in bottom, put over seedling . Mini hothouse ;D That should save some of them until the weather improves
I always buy one or two basil plants to go with tomatoes. If there are still leaves at the end of the season, I cut them up small and put in a freezer bag. I used to plant parsley (flat kind) but have stopped. I don't have much space and prefer to plant flowers. And the lady at the market I buy my veggies from always gives me a bunch for free.
I sowed my parsley seeds nearly 4 months ago. My little plants are still only about 3 inches high. This shows how hopeless it is to try and grow herbs from scratch in this climate. I did leave them out of doors without cover...
They can suddenly jump in size when the finally gets warm. Well, maybe not as well as if you were living in equatorial regions. And if you get the plants to a decent size before the end of the summer, they can put up with quite severe conditions all winter.
My grandmother used to send me to pick sprigs of parsley buried under the snow in eastern France.
Our parsley is doing well. I sowed it much later than Spindrift did - had it germinated when you visited? I have just yesterday tossed last year's plants on the compost heap. I'll be able to pick from the new plants in four or five days.
What beautiful herbs Happy! Didn't know you had a green thumb. You've been holding out on us. Parsley is planted in the autumn here and goes strong through the winter,spring, and then bolts as soon as the heat sets in. Would never last two years here. Same with cilantro,dill and some others that one associates with summer food. The cilantro and dill not available fresh from the garden here in summer is one of the great disappointments of gardening here. In fact it is downright cruel.
Cilantro is a toughie to grow. Sow it in autumn and it lasts through the occasional frost and snow we have and then is bountiful in spring. But the seeds we plant in spring or summer produce spindly little plants. And yet it is part of the cuisine of countries that are routinely hotter than the south of France. A puzzle.
Cilantro is moody! I really think the secret is keeping the roots cool. You can use lots of mulch, or plant it very close to a wall. If you have a raised house or shed, plant it so that even if the plant has to lean towards the sun a little, the roots will be in shade.
Casimira, try casting some dill seeds in the back of a bed &/or in dappled sun to see what happens.
Mint should be whacked back right around flowering time. They get tired and don't withstand high temperatures at that stage of growth. Use some sharp scissors and cut down to about 6 inches. Should revive itself after a brief rest.You can try and root some of the cut pieces in water or dry and save for future use as a tea or in cooking.
My grandmother told me that you should ALWAYS plant or transplant mint on an overcast day. I have adhered to this simple rule and it has held true. Others I've told about it confirm.