Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Sow A Seed in June? Can You Dig It? Yes, You Can!

Last year, I wrote a little bit about herbs, vegetables and flowers that can still be started in June.

Thought it might be a nice day for a blog re-run. Visit the link above for details . . .


Anonymous said...

Hi Tracey. You might be able to give me some advice. I have an herb garden next to my house that's been doing quite well this year. However, about two weeks ago, I cut back on my cilantro, parsley and sage because they were growing too tall. When I did this, the cilantro started getting kind of dry and now it's yellowish. Same thing, to a lesser degree, with the parsley. My basil, oregano and marjoram are all doing fine. I water everything well every evening -- unless it rains. Any suggestions? (By the way, thanks for the kind words about me on the Cville Muse! It's me - Mark. My girlfriend saw your post and told me that someone named Tracey who used to work with me at Rolling Stone had posted something about my book. She said, I think she's an organic farmer. I was like, hmmm -- I don't remember any organic farmers at RS. So I investigated and here you are -- an organic farmer. That's so cool!! Anyhow, my question is a real one. I really am having problems with my cilantro, parsley and sage. Hope you're doing well, Tracey. I talked to Sid just the other day via email.)

Tracey said...


So cool to hear from you - you have no idea!

Okay . . . some thoughts . . .

1. Cilantro is really hard to grown down South. I've spoken with several of my farming friends and they have found it frustrating to nurture. Hot summers makes it yellow and bolt. You can try moving it to a spot where it will only get morning sun and afternoon shade. And, if you are starting it from seed, you can stagger several plantings throughout the season. So that when one plant is bolting, another is at its peak.

2. Your parsley may need some food. Side dress it with compost or a mild organic fertilizer (like compost tea or kelp).

3. It sounds like you did the right thing with your sage. Just keep harvesting it, but make sure that when you cut it back, you cut it back to a node (where you can see that more leaves are ready to sprout).

4. Not sure if you knew this, but your oregano and marjoram will come up year after year, especially in NC. So will your sage.

Happy gardening, Mark!