the basil is still waiting for harvest
Here's a project for tomorrow. My basil is ready and waiting to be made into pesto. It is a great crop this year. One row about 8 feet long. I keep the flowers pinched and it makes nice big leaves.
Tomorrow, if I get time, (I've been trying to find time for this for a couple weeks now) I'll cut down the plants, bring them home, trim off and wash all the leaves, food process them with olive oil and then refrigerate them. When my husband gets time (he's the real chef!) he'll add cheese, nuts and salt to make pesto.
The garden is really looking like fall now. The squash vines in the foreground are almost all dead. I have pulled most of the tomato vines (just behind the basil), though the poles are still up. Peas and beans are sprouting nicely beneath them. Those are beets behind the basil, which have been a fantastic crop this year.
basil (Ocimum basilicum)