Why can I never seem to keep basil and coriander? It’s so frustrating because these are the two herbs we enjoy most!
Both basil and coriander grow well in the Mediterranean so, although with a bit of tlc we can grow them very successfully over here, they are not perfectly suited to growing outdoors in the UK. They are fine during the warmest, driest part of the summer but basil is particularly susceptible to low temperatures, especially at night, and coriander never does well in a wet summer. Be sure not to put them outdoors too early in the season – not before the end of May in the south and a little later in the north. Naturally, they both do best in full sun (although it’s best to avoid a really hot scorching position – chance would be a fine thing!) and free draining soil or compost. Ideally, they should be kept just moist but not constantly soggy. Make certain your pots have adequate drainage holes and plenty of drainage materials in the base.