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Growing Herbs in Texas: Rainy Update


| 9/10/2009 4:31:19 PM


C.Meredith

Cynthia Meredith has been gardening with herbs, reading about herbs, and discussing herb gardening in Texas for more than 20 years. She has owned The Herb Cottage (www.theherbcottage.com) for over 10 years, selling herb plants to people all over our state. 

Well, much to my delight, we had rain this week! Two inches fell yesterday and it's raining lightly now as I write. I couldn't be more pleased. The leaves on the grapefruit and blood orange trees have finally unfurled after months of being curled up to prevent transpiration as best as they could. Poor things... they were so stressed.

What about the herb garden, you may ask? Well, I had cut back more herb plants about a week or so ago and already they are showing new growth. Of course, I have been watering them, too. All the cooler season herbs I seeded in flats are doing great: cilantro, thyme, dill, chervil and arugula are all almost ready to pot up.

Seeded herbs



If it stops raining later this afternoon I'm going to seed parsley, both curly leaf and flat leaf, in one herb bed. I'm going to do the curly variety as a border, with the flat leaf behind it. Later, I'm going to plant lettuce and mesclun greens in that bed since it's near the back door, handy to the kitchen.



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