Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Basil, why won't you grow for me?

During the past two years we surmised that basil didn't do well in our herb garden due to lack of sunlight. This year, we put our heads together and decided to try a potted mini herb garden in one of our sunnier spots. So far all the herbs are happy, except for two varieties of basil. Why? I don't understand.
And then to make me feel even more deficient, I find this on the web:
"Growing Basil
is a good starter herb for novice gardeners as it is easy to grow, as long as it’s kept warm, watered and sheltered."


smc said...

Our garden, including our basil, is very slow in getting started too this year. I think it's the lack of consecutive sunny days so far this spring. Let's cross our fingers for some warm summer weather soon!

Rebekah said...

I just planted some Sunday, so we'll see how it does. I just put it in a pot and threw it out there with the rest, so we'll see.

KandN said...

I've never heard of anyone else having basil die, so I'm assuming it's something we're not doing quite right.
I could understand one plant, but two? And two years in a row? I thought maybe it was a touchy little plant.
S.S. & Rebekah, I hope the two of you have basil plants that grow strong and tall. :>)

Salem Man said...

I've had a couple of basil plants die this year. We planted them early so they had a cold night or two. The ones that are going right now seem to be doing really well. The other herb that's going crazy is the mint.

KandN said...

SM, Did you plant your basil from seed or plants?
Yes, our mint is going crazy, too. I'm imagining the rest of our herbs standing in minty shade in a month or so.

Anonymous said...

Hey Auntie:

Did you plant this from seed or from a plant? I've never had good experiences growing basil from transplants... Last year I was inpatient and bought a few starter plants to set out whilst I waited for my seeds to come up... Well, the plants from seed caught up and HUGELY surpassed the others. I don't bother with plants any more...straight into the ground with seed as soon as it's warm enough!

Anonymous said...

IMpatient... *sigh*

KandN said...

Hey Sweet Niece,
It was a transplant. So seed may be the answer? That's good to know, because one can never have too much basil. I wonder if that's why it's so hard to find basil seedlings?