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Old 08-18-2008, 02:59 PM   #11
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I grow basil almost all year long, except in the summer in Vegas. I cut the stem, usually just above the part of the stem with 2 leaves side by side. If you do this, the plant will sprout new stems and leaves from either side of the two leaves under the cut. Hope I make myself clear, I don't know how else to explain it. You will get a very bushy plant this way. It is important not to let the plant go to flowers, cut the buds as soon as you see them. Throw the buds into a salad for added flavor.

I make a simple pesto meaning just basil leaves and olive oil in a food processor then freeze in small containers or an ice cube tray.
I add one or two frozen cubes into my spaghetti sauce right at the end. Marvelous flavor!!!
You can add a cube or two to homemade tomato, vegetable or Italian soup for a sensational kick.
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Old 08-18-2008, 03:09 PM   #12
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If it would stop raining long enough... I would!!! HA HA HA... never thought I would say that!!!
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Old 08-18-2008, 03:19 PM   #13
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Also, if you have a south-facing sunny window & don't have plant-torturing pets, Basil is very easy to grow in pots from seed during non-outdoor-gardening times of the year.
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Alright. It's hot out there and dang it I couldn't get the focus right... but you'll get the idea I hope! There's one with all my different types.... genovese, thai, (too licoricey i dont like it) lemon and cinnamon....
my soil is drier underneath than I thought so everything looks parched.. sorry.....
but i found 2 flower pods, one at the stage I try to catch them, and the other I musta missed. oops.
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Old 08-18-2008, 03:38 PM   #15
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I took some of my thyme and rosemary I just planted also....
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Old 08-18-2008, 03:41 PM   #16
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see how my basil stems are turning brown....??
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Old 08-18-2008, 03:42 PM   #17
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very nice Suzi, thanks for posting.....someday I'll be able to do that, I would love to have purple basil but didnt see any sold.
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I started them all from seed.... its really not hard. Then you can grow anything you want!!!
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Old 08-18-2008, 03:46 PM   #19
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oh you can eat the buds?? And I have been tossing them! What happens if you do get a little flower sprouted? Is the whole plant a goner? As you can see I don't think I have enough good leaves on mine to harvest or else I would make a pesto to freeze! They all seem too small or too lite in color...didn't seem healthy enough to eat. It was delish at the beginning of summer!
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so is my plant a goner??
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