Last year in my herb patch my cilantro would bolt and I couldn’t keep up with it. I love this idea from Sunset mag of growing in a shallow container outside a door close to the kitchen and cutting as I need it. Which is a lot. We love Mexican food. And I love Asian food. I am definitely going to try this.
Sunset recommends a round shallow planter that is 18-inches wide (they call it a bowl-shaped container) and 8 to 10 inches deep. This needs full sun, and Sunset recommends harvesting weekly to keep production up. They say you can get four crops of cilantro from the pot this way.
I’m wondering if this would be good for other crops as well. My basil was always bolting last summer, too. Sure, last July was insanely hot and dry here in the Philadelphia suburbs (zone 6) and then we had the wettest August ever on record. So last year’s experience may not be a good teacher of what to expect.