"I have been growing a few coriander seedlings and one pot thrived and the other curled up its leaves and died. I couldn't understand this so searched the web to see if I had done something wrong. What I found was that coriander doesn't like too much water and the one that died was fully out in the weather when we had had a good amount of rain. The other was sheltered. I guess I drowned the poor wee things! Oh well, I am starting off again. The extra pot was for a friend, so now they will just have to wait another few weeks before the new seeds get going!
All part of learning to grow herbs."
Patricia guessed/researched right. Too much water won't do any good to most of the herbs. There's a general rule for most of the herbs we grow at home:
- they like a sunny spot,
- soil that's not too rich and
- they prefer to be on the dry side.
When growing herbs in planters, shelter them when possible and when sheltering isn't available, make sure the drainage is excellent.
Below is a very cute cartoon in two parts where popular herbs: parsley, basil, rosemary, bay leaf, dill and sage are very well represented through unique and entertaining characters.
The Herbs - Parsley's Tail - Part 1/2
The Herbs - Parsley's Tail - Part 2/2