This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

the basil is still waiting for harvest

basil row 2
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)



Blogger Parsec said...

What healthy basil plants. I bet the pesto will be delicious.

Have you ever grown Thai basil?

September 11, 2008 12:10 AM

Blogger Dan said...

Those are some spectacular looking basil plants. You should be stocked up with pesto for a while.

Nice Giant Belgium tomato too. I was eying the Brandy Wine photo you had up to grow next year but now I might try this one instead. I took some heat this year for not growing a truly red tomato so I will have to add one to the shopping list this winter.

September 11, 2008 3:59 AM

Blogger Jennifer said...

Is that at the community garden plot? I don't recognize it at all from the previous pictures! My basil has also thrived this year, I'm not quite sure why - the rain?

September 11, 2008 10:49 AM

Anonymous caroline said...

Beautiful basil! Is it genovese? Every year I grow different types of basil, but I always have some genovese in there for the end-of-summer pesto manufacturing.

And on a related note, do you happen to know if purple ruffle basil will make a good pesto?

September 11, 2008 2:04 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Parsec, I have never grown Thai basil. Is this a good variety? I will look into it.

Dan, I feel strongly that no tomato garden should be without a Brandywine plant. It is the ultimate heirloom. If I could only grow one heirloom, this would be it. But I am having a lot of fun with my Giant Belgiums. They are producing more tomatoes than my Brandywines this year (which are often low producers for me). Again, I should warn - GBs are small to mid-size tomatoes for me! Not Giant. I took some more pictures of ripening GBs today as the colors and shape are just lovely.

Jennifer, Yes my community plot is very different looking all of a sudden. The summer plants have all died back and my fall crops are coming up. I really wish I could find a way to photograph the whole garden, like I can with my home garden. I bet the rain is the reason the basil has done well. Do you have basil in containers?

Caroline, My basil variety is called Nufar. I just checked Google and found that "Nufar basil (Ocimum basilicum "Nufar") is the first variety of Genovese basil (O. basilicum "Genovese") that is resistant to fusarium wilt." from Wikipedia. Here's a link from Farmgirl Fare (always a good source) on purple pesto.

September 11, 2008 10:04 PM

Blogger Jennifer said...

My basil in containers has always smelled nice, but been very leggy. We direct sowed them into the garden this year and they took off, it's wonderful to brush by them while picking the green beans :)

September 11, 2008 10:19 PM

Blogger Dan said...

hmm, then brandywine will be the red tomato for next year and maybe add the GB if I can find room. I doubt I will find more room but it seems I always dream of it.

September 13, 2008 1:57 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kathy wrote: "I really wish I could find a way to photograph the whole garden, like I can with my home garden."

You can do this with photosynth (

September 14, 2008 10:29 AM

Anonymous Susan said...

What a gorgeus basil plants

March 30, 2009 11:04 AM


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