Sunday, 18 November 2007

Bed 3: Coriander

Bed 3
Coriander: Also called Cilantro, Chinese Parsley
This year I have planted seeds from Coriander seed from Greenpatch Seeds planted on 14 June 07 and planted out on to Bed 3 on 23rd Aug 07.

Growing requirements:
Latin Name: Coriandrum sativum
Family: Apiaceae
Sow: Cool conditions: best late Autumn or early Spring.
Soil: They like a very fertile, well drained soil.
pH: 6.5 - 7.5
Spacing: 20 - 30cm apart.

My Notes:
Tends to run to seed in late Spring and Summer but seed is used dried.
In our hot dry climate it appreciates shade and a feeding mulch.
Bees and beneficial insects are attracted to flowers.
Self seeds easily in the garden.
Members of our garden club have found it to be a good companion to peas, and it grows at the same time of the year.

Good Companions:
Anise
Cabbage
Chervil
Dill
Peas

Bad Companions:
Fennel

Sources:
How Can I Use Herbs In My Daily Life? by Isabell Shipard
The Australian Organic Gardener's Handbook by Keith Smith
Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte
Southern Holdings Easy Guide to Companion Planting and Seed Sowing
Companion Planting in Australia by Brenda Little

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