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Basil is pretty forgiving. I planted two different kinds of tiny basil plants today around the borders of my raised beds and they never even wilted down. It also amazes me that they smell wonderful with only one set of leaves too.
Good to know. I really only have grown Italian type basil in the past. It's been a while though I remember just sprinkling the seeds around the garden and they grew. That's about what I'm going to do. Plant them as a border plant around my garden raised area.
Yes, Rosemary is a nice one. Very fragrant and even drought tolerant which is nice.
I also have some spearmint and that stuff spreads pretty good by rhizomes if it gets enough water. So you are right on that one. At first I thought you were writing about Basil and I had to stop and think. Sometimes I get the two confused.
I know I have a little plastic cabinet type thing full of old seeds I had bought. That's one of the reasons I decided to plant that Basil I have almost a whole zip lock bag full of those tiny seeds. You are more than welcome to some if you'd like. Just send me a message if so.
Thanks but I'm going to resist temptation. I really am needing to limit my plants. Thank you for the generous offer though. By the way, I store my excess seeds in the freezer. It seems to keep them more viable for longer time.
Ha, you two are funny! I bet alot of us are the same. I know I have to draw the line on either buying more seeds or plants because of limited space, time and arthritis! But I happen to have some Thai basil seeds and now I have some info on growing them. I'll see what happens. I've grown it as a plant and it did great. I also grew Lemon Basil and it reseeded like crazy! It came up in my gravel walkway I used to have and all within a 5 ft radius of where it was planted. My other basils have not done that. Janet
Hi Evelyn... I don't use a heat mat either. Have you heard of wintersowing? I use that style to germinate the seeds. When it works for me, I hate to rock the boat.
Yum ~ lemon basil is wonderful too. I grew lemon and lime basil at the same time and the seeds were crossed for a quite interesting basil blend next season.
Too many seeds here. I hope to wait till right before a good soaking rain. I have a container mix of wildflower & flower seeds that I will sprinkle in the ditches by our driveway. I did that a few years back with purple coneflowers and am now seeing the blooms. That will kill two birds... eliminate some of my old seed and beautify the neighborhood. Kristi
It's 55° here now, but in a few days it will be warmer. The temps have been on a roller coaster ride for some time now, and I am waiting for them to settle. Most years I just direct sow basil outdoors. A lot easier than any other method, but they are slow to grow in cool spring. I still have tomatoes waiting in the wings to go into the square foot gardens. I also sow basil along with them as well.
Edited this post to say that last year I did direct sow them and had a very poor crop. The year before that they were just wonderful. This year I started some inside, of all sorts of basil. I sowed them on 4/28 and most of them are up already. Once they get up to size I will place them outside. Many of them will be companion plants to my veggies. It's not too late to sow more.