My container garden: growing basil
I'm not an authority. I don't know all the rules to gardening and there are lots of things I haven't tried to plant yet. This being said, I certainly have grown things quite successfully so far and will continue to do so.
This summer, I decided to actually give gardening a try. Every summer I always purchase mini roses to put on my windowsill but other than that I've never tried growing something from seed before. That needed to change. Luckily I have a windowsill that gets a lot of sun (it's a West facing window- South is best for starting seedlings from what I heard but mine still did fine.)
My first plant from seed: BasilThe first plant I chose to start to cultivate was basil. I had done my research and quickly realized, based on every article I read, that basil was a simple plant to care for and grew quickly.
How to get started
Here's what I used:
- A big bag of average soil from Pathmark (I forget the brand- sorry! I'm all out of it.)
- Organic basil seeds from Burpee.
- An assortment of terra cotta pots I had lying around the house.
- Some rocks (you can literally use any you find outside- just make sure you wash them off first!)
- Plastic drainage dishes from Pathmark.
Here's what I did:
- I added the small rocks into the three little pots so that they were circling the drainage hole.
- Then, I added about half a cup of soil due to how small the pots were.
- I placed two seeds into the smaller pots and four seeds into the slightly bigger pot.
- I covered the seeds with some more soil
- I watered it.
The back of the Burpee seed pack says to expect sprouts within 7-10 days. Within just 6 days 6 out of 10 of the basil sprouts I planted popped up! I had planted two extra seeds in my mom's basil - she had got it as a gift from my aunt on mother's day- just to see what would happen. Eventually one of the seeds in my mom's pot sprouted but it didn't do as well as the ones in my pots and eventually died.
Here's how I transplanted the basil:
- I set up all the things I would need and placed them on the table (soil, new pot, plastic cup for scooping the soil, old newspapers for the table, basil sprouts).
- I poured a decent amount of soil into the new pot- a little over half the pot. This could vary depending on the size of the pot you choose to use but mine was medium sized and pretty even width and height wise.
- Then, very carefully, I took the plants out of their small terra cotta pots and put them into the bigger pot. In order to get them out, I had to gently flip them upside down, making sure my hand was covering the top if it fell out, and shake the pot to get it lose. Then I quickly inserted the plant into the new pot.
- I added more soil carefully.
- This was the tricky part: I had to be so very gentle and I fiddled with my plants a lot. I had to make sure they were surrounded by soil but not overwhelmed by it. I did everything I could so that the soil supported them and kept them upright but it took a while. I had to cover most of their stems to keep them straight, but it worked. If you have to add more soil, use your judgment. Adding more in certain spots can make the plant topple over in another direction.
- Eventually, once they were straight enough, I watered the plant and put it back on the windowsill.
Ultimately, I was not disappointed at the results and it's still doing great! I haven't had any problems with it so I highly recommend all beginners to give growing basil a shot. You won't be disappointed as long as you give it love, care, and attention.
I'll be posting more on my other container garden plants soon. Thanks, as always, for stopping by.