Every gardener should plant herbs. They will add some natural insect repellent to any veggie bed. They smell good, look great and of course, you cook with them. The wife and I have a dedicated herb bed. This bed borders part of our patio. I would like to tell you that this location was selected because of the insect repellent properties of herbs. It was really done this way so the grandkids would have easy access to playing in the herbs.
Herbs have a few issues. One of them is that some border on being invasive. Anyone that has grown mint in a bed knows what I’m talking about. The other is that some will bolt very quickly. Wikipedia says “Bolting is the premature production of a flowering stem (or stems) on agricultural and horticultural crops before the crop is harvested”. Stress from heat, amount of sunlight (day length), nutrition, and water are some of the things that will cause bolting in crops. Last year Cilantro was the first to bolt. It started early and took most of us by surprise. When herbs bolt it happens fast. The flavor can change and not always for the better.
The simple way to stop bolting is to trim the flowering stems as soon as they appear. This task can be a twice-a-day chore. All this makes bolting sound like a bad thing, right? In most cases, if you let the herb complete the bolting process you will get volunteer plants from the seeds. Basil is the best or worst at this.
Stop by Wells Brothers Pet, Lawn & Garden Supply in Plano. Our patio is full of fresh herbs, garden plants, and flowers ready to plant in your garden.