Seriously, I wouldn't recognize a wild herb if it bit me, but I am trying my hand at growing some common ones in a container this year! Yeah me!
...and I could use some pointers, especially on my cilantro. Maybe the nursery let it go when it was too far gone and I was too dumb to know any better, I dunno, but it's tall and spindly and just keep wanting to flower! I keep pinching them off, and it just has really small leaves and wants to go to seed on me.
This has been an unusually warm spring .. Cilantro really likes it a bit cooler .. Mine is doing the same thing ... I keep pinching off the flowers and its still puny .. May have to buy it at the store this year Thyme on the other hand you can use at any time flowering or not .. any herb is better picked in the morning before the sun evaporates all their smelly oils tho ..
Also, when I pinch back my basil, what's the best way to preserve it for future use? I've chopped it and dried it natural, but it takes so long, I fear I'm losing something in the process. How about freezing?
Cilantro needs cool weather, or at least afternoon shade. Plants a bunch as soon as soil is warm. collect as soon as it starts getting big and put it through the blender and freeze. It'll be a bit darker green for freezing but will still taste yummy in salsa.
After its gone to seed all you can do is say bad words to it, in hopes you'll stun it for a bit...