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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 1:45 am    Post subject: Killing herbs - with kindness? or stupidity? Reply with quote

Hi

I have a question because I don't know what I'm doing. I bought a basil plant,, put it in the ground and it disappeared quite rapidly. I bought another one last week and it looked vibrant. It sat in a windowsill for 3 days (I was away from hme). I brought it back, pulled off any leaves that looked poorly, watered it and lefti it in the porch for 1 day. Today, it looked very poorly and I put it outside. I've not seen a plant die off quite so fast before.

I also bought coriander and that is going the same way - even the rosemary I bought yesterday looks a little sad now

In mitigation, I have chives, mint, parsley, thyme and sage doing okay in the garden and rosemary that is growing along the ground, not up. I also have bay growing but something is growing along with it that is tougher and stronger and I have now realised it is not bay!

I cut the mint back hard and it is doing alright. I understood that mint took a hold so planted it next to the edge of the bed because when I cut the grass (occasionally!) the smell is lovely.

But what am I doing wrong with the Basil?

Help!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

welcome to the club of aspiring basil growers. I have never succeeded in growing it successfully from seed. I get it in the supermarket in April/May and divide the cluster of plants into 6-8 portions and pot them in potting compost and give them a thorough soaking and grow them on in the glasshouse and some in the kitchen window. I water only when they are drying out. Basil dislikes cold damp conditions and are very susceptible to damping off diseases in cold damp weather. if the weather is cold and damp put them in the driest situation possible. I never plant them outside and they usually last until early October. I never got them over the Winter yet.
Bay leaf is easy to grow and so is Rosemary both being hardy and woody,
michael brenock horticultural advisor (retired)

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Michael

Thanks so much for your reply. That explains why the supermarket was selling the basil so cheap - they knew I hadn't a chance. I still find it surprising that it looked so well in the shop and died so fast.

Havinag read your reply, I feel a lot better in myself because I had thought it was just me. I'll use the dried stuff for now and get plants (ever the optimist) in the spring and do as you suggested.

As you mentioned bay and rosemary being hardy, I had a look and the rosemary I previously planted is okay so I will plant out the new rosemary I bought (the stand up one). I checked the bay - it's fine - and whatever's grwing alongside it has some serious roots - they go tomorrow! It would have been today but I spent so long cleaning tarmac and cutting grass that I was running on fumes when I stopped.

Thanks again Michael
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