166/366: coriander quest conquered – the easy way

Months ago, against the advice of a random customer at Bunnings, I purchased and planted coriander seedlings. See 31/366: coriander quest for details. Cutting a short story shorter: they disappeared.

Now I have taken the easy way out. At the supermarket you can buy a bunch of cut coriander. Better still,  available now is basically a little pot of seedlings, which is the option I chose. Dividing them in half, I put some in the kitchen, which have long since gone, while the other section is thriving out in my herb garden.

In USA coriander is known as cilantro. Imagine on a cold winter’s night a red curry soup with various vegetables and noodles, coconut milk and coriander – delicious.

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60/366: where has all the coriander gone?

My coriander quest (from day 31 /366) has failed big-time. I had been warned that during summer the coriander seedlings might bolt to seed, but they just totally disappeared.

And what about the tomato plants I was so excited about? This appears to have been the worst season for tomatoes that I have ever known. Mind you, my experience there is limited.Aha! Perhaps the coriander seedlings ran away with the tomato flowers and they have eloped. I wonder if they have created a new breed – perhaps a corimato, which would be a fleshy red tomato with a coriander flavour, which could be very nice in a salad?

Now I have a theory about the tomatoes. Because some pumpkin seeds must have been in the compost that I used for part of the potting up of the tomatoes, all the tomato pots ended up sprouting pumpkin seedlings, so perhaps this took away some of the nourishment required for the tomatoes? Not enough sun? Too much water? Too little water? Who knows? The only thing that keeps me going is that I won the tomato competition (day 6/366), and my husband’s tomato still hasn’t fruited!

 

31/366: coriander quest

Recently our French friend Leslye, who was staying with us before her roadtrip, made a great hot and tasty Asian soup, garnished with coriander. I had never really experienced this herb before, and it was delicious, so I decided to add it to my herb garden.

However, when I was purchasing the seedlings from Bunnings, a lady warned me that as it is the middle of summer here in Melbourne, the seedlings were likely to bolt to seed because it would be too hot. So I bought them anyway, and have tried to plant them in a few different areas to see which might be the most successful.