can I plant these in my garden?

dominoswrath(5 WI)June 10, 2013

I'm zone 4 / 5 border.

I purchased plants - basil, cilantro, and mint.

I know that mint has a tendency to take over, so this one I will pot up. As far as basil and cilantro, can I just plant these directly in my garden if I'm not here every day to water (our weekend property)?

I'm new to this. Tips on how to harvest are appreciated. Also, I have a food dehydrator. What is the best means for these - freeze or dehydrate?

Any other herbs that you might recommend that will thrive in hot, sandy, dry conditions? (we've added compost to the soil and have an overhead sprinkler set on a timer, but still it gets pretty dry in the heat of summer).

Thanks

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margowicz(8/9 UK)

cilantro will bolt (seed) if dry needs be wet

Rosemary sage and thyme should be good to grow in your conditions

    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 8:38PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Actually, cilantro like cool weather and therefore, it will grow best in your zone.
Basil, on the other hand, is a heat lover. But if the night loves stay over 47, 48F it will grow fine, especially if the day highs are 65F+. Once you got the seedlings ( which has taken couple of months to grow in greenhouse) you should be fine.

The short Answer then is : YES.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 3:55AM
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