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Old 09-08-2008, 08:46 PM   #11
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I am no expert, but it is my understanding that basil shouldn't be refrigerated below 40, optimum temperature is above 50. Make sure there is no water on the leaves or you will find black spots wherever the water was.
yeah, I've found that to be true in my experience, too.......many leaves of plants don't appreciate water on them........must be boys!!!!!
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I also snip quite low and put in vases. Good luck - I hope they survive ok!!!!
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Old 09-08-2008, 10:49 PM   #13
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Suzi... I would do expatgirl suggested. As you know, I have been overwhelmed with basil and had problem figuring out what to do with it all. I actually had to toss a large bundle into my compost bin. I have at least 8 containers of pesto and some basil/EVOO mixture. I hated to do it, but was not sure what else to do with it at the time. Now I wished I would have hung it out to dry! No pun intended!!! Plus it makes it easy to just cut the plant as opposed to harvesting the leaves. I know I caught this late, but I hope it all works out.
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Old 09-08-2008, 11:01 PM   #14
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QSis....what a beautiful site. Will do....just before frost. I will store just the leaves (piled tight) in a small plastic container just before the FROST.

They keep GREEN in the freezer. They are great until the next season.
I do the same with parsley. Small plastic containers in the door of my freezer for fast access.
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Old 09-08-2008, 11:04 PM   #15
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Thanks Satie, I hope so too...
Oh and you were right, it was about 2 weeks ago I cut that one plant off wasn't it?
It's almost as big as the others!
I hope they make it and frost doesn't come back for another month!
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Old 09-09-2008, 12:16 AM   #16
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When I had my basil plants I pulled them up and hung them in the pantry till they dried and then striped off the leaves and put in a mason jar. I had good basil all winter.
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Old 09-09-2008, 09:18 AM   #17
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Whoops! Meant to say Qsis's green thumb-----picture is beautiful, btw! and Qsis, wrapping in paper toweling certainly does help!! Sorry for the mixup..my new glasses come in about 2 weeks
I knew you couldn't have mean me. I can grow tomatoes and basil but everything else is usually a failure.
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Old 09-09-2008, 10:26 AM   #18
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Ok, where should I hang my basil to dry? I just went and harvested a bush and got it all ready. I have no place to hang me basil!
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Old 09-09-2008, 12:59 PM   #19
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We did not get frost. What did you end up doing?
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Old 09-09-2008, 02:16 PM   #20
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No frost up here either Charlie. I had everything covered up but it was not needed. Oh well.
I'm going to see what tonights weather will be and maybe procrastinate another day.
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