September 20, 2011

Trimming basil, crying basil


Basil growing in the windowsill outgrew my expectations. She gave me huge bunch and solid portion of leaves to make an Italian pesto. 
I trimmed my basil ruthlessly, leaving only 10 cm of wooden stems. It cried for 48 hours – I got scared, I felt sorry…On the other hand I made everythink to make it feel better - at the same time I changed the soil for fresh one adding lots of natural fertiliser to the bottom of the container.
Today which is 4 weeks after trimming basil, she is ready for next harvesting, no dead branches - so, don't be scared if you see big teardrops after trimming basil…     



This is how she looked this morning - almost no sign of trimming.

8 comments:

Nicole said...

Basil is my favorite herb-love it in our meals at home almost every day.

Ewa said...

Hi Nicole - do you know that basil is holy in India?
Thank you for visiting and taking time to comment.

hearts_in_asia said...

Hi Ewa, I found your blog the other day and have really enjoyed reading it all so far, I'll be back for sure!
Katie

Ivy Clad said...

I'm so glad to read this. I always cut my basil so gingerly, hoping I don't cut too much off for the plant's health. Cutting it the way you did would suit me much better though-- more to eat at once! Thanks for sharing.

-Keri

Ewa said...

Keri, I've added photo of my basil how she looks today - there is almost no sign of trimming.

Rohrerbot said...

I love how you have this arranged. It looks really nice....plus good to have in near the kitchen! Although my cats would have a field day with it:(

stadtgarten said...

I really love basil - thanks a lot for this tip!

Kathryn/plantwhateverbringsyoujoy.com said...

Wow. I have really bad luck growing basil out of doors. I wonder if I might do better inside?? I will try! Thanks for the tip. Homemade pesto is delicious!

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