What a nightmare to grow.
Has anyone else been successful with the stuff without getting totally frustrated? I want to use all sorts of profanities but this is family website (no, really it's meant to be, you just have a filthy mind)
I've tried seeds - both from a major player in the seed packet market and free from that behemoth of horticultural publishing, Gardener's world. (As an aside, what a cracking word 'behemoth' is. Say it out loud in your deepest possible voice. Don't you feel ten times stronger?!)
Look. The paltry leaves that appear in the foreground would be shunned by even Tesco value pasta.
The basil bush in the background hides the fact that many of the leaves have holes in them too. They were hidden in the grow house, but still managed to get themselves savaged in places. Having said that, they are probably the most successful of all my attempts, grown in a large pot and kept in the heat.
And at least they have been hardy enough to keep some of their leaves intact. I tried a cheats option of buying ready grown basil from a reputable garden centre. Won't be doing that again:
|I didn't even get to eat a leaf.|
However, rather than indulge this herbaceous form of man flu, I'm following a little tip from my garden bible - Mark Diacono's River Cottage veg book - and using it as a sacrificial plant. Apparently, if you plant basil next to tomatoes it draws all the aphids. Ha ha ha (boom boom!) As an evil Mr Brush might say.
|Tomatoes by the canes, basil to the right actually looking better in the photo than real life. Must be airbrushed|
Basil, I've just about had enough of you.