The Basics of Growing Cilantro, Oregano and Mint

So it’s been a while since the last Herbs Corner post and our family has been very busy since then. We have gone on various picnics, reconnected with friends and family, made delicious dishes and enjoyed the beautiful blessings of our Creator. It’s been so wonderful spending time with my family and I hope your families are having fun (and staying safe) in this sunny season.

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                                                               park outing on Memorial Day

Now because this is an herb blog, I decided it is high time I post some herb pictures for you plant lovers. Originally, it was just going to be a post about herbs and the lovely foods we eat with them ;). However, since some of you might be wondering how to plant cilantro, oregano and mint, this is for you.

Before we start, here’s a disclaimer: I am not an herb master or plant aficionado by any means, I am just a person with some firsthand knowledge of growing a small herb garden. I hope you will learn something from this post or at least discover an interest in using fresh herbs. If you are looking for more in-depth, scientific, well-researched stuff, please check out your local library, the internet or your local gardener’s class for more information.

Alright so we have a small (and by small, I mean microscopic) herb garden this year which consists of: one large, sprawling mint plant, 3 oregano plants and 1 cilantro plant. I took some pictures of these plants so you can get the visuals. All plants were planted in holes about 6-8 inches deep and get half to full sunlight. We have received a decent amount of rain here in mid-Missouri, averaging about 1-2 rainfalls a week during May. I have yet to see what June’s weather will bring, but hopefully the rain will keep coming.

Isn’t the oregano simply gorgeous?

                            bottom: oregano, upper left corner: cilantro, upper right corner: mint

We have only had the cilantro and oregano for about a week and half, but they seem to be doing well. The mint plant we have had for about 1-2 years, as it self-planted from the first time we bought it. For our family, herbs do tremendously well because they require little care and *ahem* water.

The cilantro does have a little wilting on it, but I’m reading that good circulation and frequent harvesting will produce a fuller, more robust plant. Frequent harvesting is a must with cilantro, which has a short seed cycle and quickly turns to coriander seed in hot weather. If you want the cilantro plant to grow back every year, use the amount you want and then let it seed (turn into a flowering coriander plant).

As for the oregano, it is quite full and beautiful. I haven’t seen anything wrong with it and prayerfully it won’t :). From my research and observation, growing oregano is strikingly similar to cilantro. Both plants love the sun, only require infrequent, thorough watering and need to be trimmed lightly to ensure robustness.

Lastly, but certainly not least, is our large mint plant. The funny thing is, we planted the mint one year and then it just started growing back the next year. As amateur (oftentimes failling) gardeners, our family was ecstatic when this plant came in. Although we really don’t use much mint, it was great to have a plant come to fruition.

For growing tips, I would recommend using your mint plant before it gets too large, giving it a decent amount of sunlight and using your mint plant before it gets too large. However if you happen to have an insatiable desire for mint, then by all means let it grow.
Our mint is contained in a brick planter, so spreading isn’t much of a problem, but if you want to avoid a tangled mess, definitely cut and trim your mint.

Well that ends my herb observations, I hope this post inspires you to get out and plant some herbs! I will be doing some posts in the future with some ideas for using cilantro, oregano and mint, but for now goodbye 🙂

-Sarah.A

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