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Wouldn't it be nice to have fresh cilantro growing right outside your kitchen door? Whenever you wanted to fix Mexican salsa or guacamole, or a Middle Eastern yogurt sauce for your lamb kabobs, there the lacy, sweetly pungent leaves would be, ready to harvest. Here are some cilantro growing tips from the lovely gardeners at Sunset magazine. I hope they help your backyard garden! 1. Select a bowl-shaped container at least 18 inches wide and 8 to 10 inches deep. 2. Fill the pot with a fast-draining potting soil; mix in an organic granular fertilizer. 3. Before seeding, moisten the soil using a fine spray from the hose. Because the seeds are fairly small, mix them in a bowl with sand (3 parts sand to 1 part seed) so they'll disperse more evenly. Sow the seeds, then cover lightly with soil. 4. Gently mist the soil  so as not to displace the seeds. 5. Place containers in full sun or, if you live in a hot climate, light shade. Seeds should germinate in 7 to 10 days. 6. Harvest at least weekly to keep leaves coming. Using this method, it's possible to harvest four crops of cilantro from a single pot.
My cilantro has been dying because I recently cut down a tree in my yard that was keeping it in the shade. Now my poor plant is hot and dry :( I need to find it a better home soon!
I am gonna try this out my dorm window! I have a bad habit of living off of microwave food while at school, so adding some fresh herbs would really help improve the flavor I bet!
My cilantro and basil plants have changed the way I cook! Thanks for these tips :)