Coriander is by far the best fresh herb there is. Yes, it’s even better than basil. Coriander brightens up all of our favourite dishes. Think about it: where would our curries be without coriander? I LOVE its fresh flavour, while others swear it tastes like soap, can you believe that! Here are a few tips on how you can grow your own.
Where to Grow
Coriander enjoys a sunny position but appreciates a little shade during the hottest part of the day. Plants will run to seed more quickly if stressed by hot weather.
When to Grow
Sow coriander seeds directly into your garden in early spring, that is early September once the threat of frost has lessened.
How to Grow
Prepare the soil thoroughly. If your soil needs to be improved, add good garden compost or well rotted manure. Rake into the surface of the soil to remove any large lumps or stones. Sow seeds 4cm apart. Remember not to sow the seed too deep! As a rule of thumb seeds should be planted at a depth of two times the width, or diameter of the seed. Germination of coriander takes up to 3 weeks, so be patient. Keep the soil moist (not soggy) until the seeds sprout. Thin young plants to 20cm apart to allow them to grow to their full size.
Ensure the soil never dries out. If flowers develop remove them immediately – this ensures the plants focus their energy on growing new leaves. We re-sow our coriander every three weeks to ensure we have a continual supply during the summer.
Top tip: Grow next to beans, potatoes, spinach, carrots, lettuce and cabbage. Coriander attracts beneficial insects like ladybugs that will prey on harmful pests like aphids, potato beetles and cabbage moths.
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Happy Gardening, Manti