June 14th, 2009 at 9:55 am
Posted By: gardenguru
Posted in: Herbs

If you’ve read my past blogs, you know how hard it is for me to toss out plant thinnings.  After trying part of the winter to grow purple basil I found out why it kept damping off.  I kept planting it back in the same soil.  If even one damps off the problem is there in the soil.  Karen at the Red Barn clued me in on that, but she didn’t have any purple basil to sell this year.  So I tried again in new soil in a pot outside in the shade.  It seems like every seed came up in an overcrowded container.


My curly parsley also did well, but not like the basil.  After transplanting some to the garden, I started filling six packs.  I gave away the mixed pack of basil and parsley this morning.  They’re small, but will be big enough to use in salads or cooking in a few weeks.  Any one who visits here has to leave with purple basil.

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