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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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March 4, 2015 - 5:13 pm

Today I transplanted Opal & Lettuce Leaf Basil into a cell pack with 2 or 3 stems in each cell. I do this when they are very young (first set of 'true' leaves) because they are easier to separate when the roots are less dense. 

I will wait to transplant the Large Leaf and the Holy Basil for a few days or week.  They are a little small yet. 

Sure hope our Spring is warm this year and NO FROSTS after Mother's Day. You think I am asking for too much???Confused

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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March 8, 2015 - 10:23 am

This is the Basil I bought at my local organic grocery store.  It was in a cup of water being sold as an aquaponics herb. Bare roots.  I took it home and planted it, placed it in my south windows.  Looks like I will have enough FRESH BASIL until my tiny seedlings go out in the gardens. 012.JPGImage Enlarger

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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CarolJean
central Wisconsin
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February 19, 2016 - 10:12 pm

Today I thinned the sweet basil that I planted on Feb. 1.  The opal basil did not germinate as well and does not need thinning.  The sweet basil sprouted in 4 days and opal basil in 7 days.   On Feb 1st I also planted flat leaf parsley, it sprouted in 12 days.  I planted the herbs in a similar manner to Lark's method.  I filled 3" peat pots almost completely with a good potting mix (I do not have worm castings) and topped it with a little seed starting mix to plant the seeds in.  I hope to not have to transplant for several weeks.  The peppers I started in January have their first set of true leaves but I planted them in a small quantity of seed starting mix and I feel the leaves are starting to yellow.  I will try to transplant them into 4' pots of potting mix this weekend.  I'm waiting until March to start my tomatoes, broccoli, and kale.

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Lark
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February 20, 2016 - 12:58 pm

Hi Carol Jean, So your 2016 gardening season has officially started.  Doesn't it feel REALLY good?  Basil another favorite herb of mine.  I started some Opal Basil on 2/17.  I see fine little sprouts popping through the soil.  I will start some the green varieties soon.  I will also try and do more succession planting with my herbs and greens, so I don't have so much to harvest at one time.  Laugh Sounds like you have a great start with your peppers. Wish me luck with mine.  THINK SPRING, my friend.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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February 23, 2016 - 9:28 am

My Opal Basil is up and growing. I took it off the heat mat and placed it in the clear tote along with my other seedlings.  Cloudy weather here for the next several days.  The tote is my basement right now under grow lights.  EASY to bring up this one tote and place outside when the SUN DECIDES TO SHINE.Smile

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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CarolJean
central Wisconsin
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March 5, 2016 - 4:22 pm

My basils and flat leaf parsley are not growing very quickly and don't have great color.  Today I watered them with some fertilizer in the water.  Hoping I can put them on my front porch in clear totes this coming week when the temperatures are going to be in the 50's.

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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April 26, 2017 - 6:42 pm

Over winter I have been growing green leafed basil in a pot.  It is really nice to have fresh available at any time.  Love it as a salad green, on panini sandwiches, or pasta dishes. 

For the last few months I have been fighting with the 'white flies' that love the basil as much as I do.  I weekly wash (drench) the plants with soapy water. I can not wait until these plants can go outside. 

I just started from seed Holy Basil 'Tulsi' and the Large Leaf Basil.  Once the soil heats up the plants really grow fast.  I dry a lot of Holy Basil, using it in my night time tea blend.  Good for anxiety, nervine, sedative, asthma, digestion, constipation. 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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