Love the subject line!! Yep, my basil is just sitting there. I felt that
my transplants were stunted by the cool spring, so I did some direct seeding
as well--they sprouted, but have only grown a few inches. There's just not
At least you had some basil last year. We had severe water restrictions,
and my basil didn't make the triage cut on watering, I was just trying to
save some of the shrubs and trees.
However, despite the long snowy winter, the cold wet spring, and the current
bout of rain and cloudy skies, I am NOT complaining. It's not an ideal
growing season, but it's still better than a drought. Anything is better
than a drought.
Zone 6, Southcentral PA
If you have to resort to supermarket basil, put some pennies in a cup of water
and the ends of the basil in the cup. Keep it low in the refigerator and it'll
last for several weeks if you keep the ends cut. No joke--the copper helps the
basil (or other cut plants) hydrate itself.
Same conditions here -- severe drought and water restrictions last
year; a reason for Noah to get out his boat-building equipment now.
Do you have municipal recycling in your town? Guidelines here say
bottles and cans should be "rinsed" before putting in the bin. Who can
quarrel if you fill a 2-ltr bottle at the inside tap, and complete the
"rinse" by pouring it on a plant before binning? It's not watering
plants; it's rinsing recyclables. :-)
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