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Bad Luck Basil

August 8, 2010

These are my basil plants. It’s the second year I’ve tried growing basil, and I can’t get it right.

Here’s where I think I went wrong: I sowed the seeds directly into potting soil. The first year I put them in the ground (I can’t remember if they were seedlings or direct-sow), and they bolted.

Also, some kind of invisible pest has been consuming the leaves. In fact, nearly all the plants on the property have fallen victim to mysterious munchers.

I’m jealous of people who say “I have too much basil.” I love basil, and can’t wait to have the same bounty others seem to achieve with little effort.

I’d like to try keeping basil in containers. Anyone have suggestions for the ideal growing medium?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2010 10:02 am

    Your mysterious munchers are junebugs and they’re eating your basil at night. The only solution I’ve come up with is planting more basil so I don’t mind that they get part of it. I have it growing in about 10 different spots and have probably almost 10 different varieties. Last year was a terrible growing season and I had next to no basil or tomatoes, which is a long intro to saying that I don’t think the growing medium is a problem. I’m using potting soil for all my basils. Just keep pinching off the flowers and it won’t bolt.

  2. Caroline permalink*
    August 10, 2010 11:04 am

    Thanks, Heather. I’ll keep up the good fight! It’s too bad the June Bugs got out of control this year. They decimated so many things.

  3. Kathy Moretti permalink
    September 7, 2010 1:23 am

    Chester has a TON of Basil. He`s got it right under the back porch area and I can smell it when he picks some for his Pasta sauce.. If I had read this earlier or known you wanted some I could`ve brought some up on Sunday :<( Sorry

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