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hannah ([personal profile] hannah) wrote2017-06-14 09:49 pm

I'm tempted to move on to rosemary.

After I don't know how many years, my basil plant's crumbled up and died. It was a slow process over a couple of weeks, a gradual withering, but today I knew it was over. So I salvaged what was left of it - most of the leaves, some of the stems - and I'll be using it in my morning eggs for a while.

I say "I don't know how many years" because I can't remember when I got it. At least three years ago, possibly four or five. Another bunch of herbs from the farmers' market I put in water to make last a little longer that put out roots into the jar and had me buying a pot and dirt to put it in. I guess it'd reached the limits of what I could do. Nothing left but to aerate the soil, give it some time to rest, and see about trying again soon. It's always nice to have some green around.
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[personal profile] akamarykate 2017-06-15 03:37 am (UTC)(link)
Just FYI, in my experience rosemary is a lot harder to grow than basil--fussier about what's too much/not enough water and ideal temp. But it's certainly doable.

I couldn't do without green things growing somewhere in my place. If you lived close I'd gladly give you some mint cuttings--that stuff grows just fine on it's own. Almost too well, the way it takes over any ground plots you put it in! ;)
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[personal profile] lilacsigil 2017-06-15 03:58 am (UTC)(link)
That's really cool that you kept it going that long! I grow basil every year, but it dies off at by winter.

Rosemary, OTOH, is the easiest thing I've ever grown. Bung it in the ground, off it goes. I have an entire hedge of it now. This may be different for inside growing!
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[personal profile] st_aurafina 2017-06-15 04:11 am (UTC)(link)
I wish I could keep basil going for five years! It's an annual in my region, sadly.
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[personal profile] lebateleur 2017-06-16 01:58 am (UTC)(link)
I feel for you, having recently lost a Thai Holy Basil that I started the same way. And I love rosemary, but like [personal profile] akamarykate I find it trickier to grow indoors. Same story with lemon verbena.