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Old 06-18-2008, 06:37 PM   #1
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My windowbox of herbs

my herbs aren't thriving. my parsly leaves dry out & i hafta pick them to throw out, & my basil dries out. my sage is fine, though kinda droopy.
i use plant food (very minimal amounts) & spray thier leaves, leave my windowbox by sunshine, 'cept they're wilting.
info would be greatly appreciated!!

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Besides spraying their leaves, don't forget that their roots need water too - you didn't say if they were indoors or out, but anything that's in the sun will need more water than those that aren't.
Also, if you really want to feel like a gardener, plant some radishes too - they'll be sprouting in a matter of days! (and they like much water too)
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:38 PM   #3
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i water their roots too!
i'll try radishes. growing plants is neat!
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What type of planter box are you using? If it is one of those with the coconut liner than it will need a lot of water.
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:35 PM   #5
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water, water, water, water.

A few of my herbs are like: "I aint growing yet." I guess because of the climate. Just keep watering them and they'll be fine. Sometimes you get some stubborn ones, other times they grow like weeds.
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:36 PM   #6
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hmmm. lemme look...
i plunged through thier soil & it's like a plastic kittty food dish inside of thier box. it's leaky, dagnabbit. we oughta return that box.
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Sounds like your soil is draining too quickly and not holding moisture.
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could they maybe be a little over crowded too? I agree on the water, sounds like they are not holding well.
How big is the box?
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You also may have air pockets, where the roots have a "bubble" of air around them.

When you planted them did you press the soil down around each plant and really soak the soil?
If not, you need to do this.
Even if your water is draining rapidly and you are feeding monthly, if you're watering daily they should be ok, unless airpockets are present. Most mediterrean herbs don't like to keep their feet wet anyway, so good drainage IS important. They also need rich soil.

I repeat to everyone; if you just remember their native environment and duplicate it, unless you've gotten them deseased, any plant will thrive.
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I repeat to everyone; if you just remember their native environment and duplicate it, unless you've gotten them deseased, any plant will thrive.
Perfectly said, quicksilver!
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