Herbs to Fall For

Erin Conant

Unless you adore the heat, most Texans live to bask in the gentler rays of a fall sun. And, many of us know this is the perfect time of year to get some planting done, particularly herbs.

Herbs are beautiful and easy to grow. Plus, not having to buy the herbs I need for cooking is an undeniable convenience. So, for your fall gardening pleasure, here are a few excellent fall herbs that make you feel pretty awesome when you grow them yourself:

  • Basil – You can plant this one just about any time during the growing season. As long as its roots don’t stay too dry for too long, basil will perform splendidly. Seeds usually sprout quickly and cuttings take off even quicker. It’s nice to have several basil plants going so that you can clip one down for pesto one week and still have basil available to use while the other plant quickly regrows. I like to use it in pasta, Thai and chicken dishes. Did you know they look beautiful in a vase on your kitchen counter?
  • Dill – This delicious, fine textured herb can be grown easily and inexpensively from seed in the fall. Dill is a nice choice for the cooler season and can even handle freezing temps. It also attracts large green caterpillars that eventually become swallowtail butterflies. Plant them now and you can also use the seeds they produce for cooking as well!
  • Cilantro – You either love it or hate it. Some people claim the leaves have a soapy taste while others crave the light citrusy flavor. It can take a light freeze, making it a great herb for seeding now and harvesting throughout our typically mild winters.

All three of these delicious herbs love the cooler fall weather and can be easily grown from seed, making growing herbs inexpensive too!

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