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.

Friday, June 25, 2010

my basil plot

basil plot

Here's a photo of my basil today. OK I think. No basil blight. Weeds, but no blight.



Blogger meemsnyc said...

Wow, your basil looks amazing! Did you grow it from seed?

June 25, 2010 11:04 PM

Blogger kathy said...


I have two varieties this year. I usually grow Nufar. This year I am also growing Genovese basil. Both varieties are from Johnny's.

The Genovese leaf is shinier with smooth edges that tend to curl down, while Nufar edges curl up and are often a little serrated. I am looking forward to comparing the flavor of both.

June 25, 2010 11:18 PM

Blogger Toni said...

Kathy, your Basil patch looks wonderful!

I've never grown Basil from seed... I need to try it!

I can almost smell that wonderful fragrance as I look at your photo!

June 26, 2010 12:27 AM

Blogger Q said...

Love basil. They're great in the garden to look at and excellent in the home for eating.

Your basil is looking awesome.

June 26, 2010 1:20 AM

Blogger Matron said...

Wow! that's a lot of basil. Hope you like home grown pesto, that will be great with home grown tomatoes too!

June 26, 2010 4:00 AM

Blogger icebear said...

Looks delicious, i wish i planted that many in my garden.
Hoping that blight stays far, far away from your plants!

June 26, 2010 8:31 AM

Blogger Liz Jaquez said...

Any advice on growing basil from seed? I tried it this year but it didn't work out, the roots never developed properly.

June 26, 2010 10:01 AM

Blogger biobabbler said...

They look both orderly and healthy. What are some of the things you do with what will be a LOT of basil?

June 26, 2010 10:35 AM

Blogger thyme2garden said...

I have the same question as biobabbler. Kathy, how do you use your basil? So far, I've only made pesto and sprinkled some in my salads. If there are other good recipes, I would love to know!

June 26, 2010 1:55 PM

Anonymous jon messer said...

Have you experienced Basil Blight? I have it on my basil up in southern NH...

June 26, 2010 10:24 PM

Blogger Dan said...

They look nice!

June 26, 2010 11:23 PM

Blogger Janet Glaser said...

This basil is gorgeous. I too am looking for ways to use fresh basil. Please share how you are going to use ALL that basil. Do you dry it for winter use?

June 27, 2010 10:15 PM

Blogger icebear said...

besides pesto, basil can be used in caprese salad, sprinkled whole or shredded on pizza or garlic bread, it can be made into a savory sorbet, infuse olive oil with it, dried and crumbled it can be added to your own herb blends. Fresh basil can be baked into bread, added to soups, mashed potatoes, omelets, salads, mayo, tapenade... i have even seen basil martini recipes!

June 28, 2010 10:05 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just came across your blog. you get so many comments! I just wanted to say I think your pictures are incredible. They stand alone, aside from all the cool gardening info you have. Clearly you haev many talents!

June 28, 2010 12:52 PM

Blogger Kalena Michele said...

I heard that story on the basil blight. I called my mom who is watching after my garden while I'm working and I asked her if she noticed anything of the sort on the basil. She hasn't but my eyes (even if they're my mom's) are open! lol

June 28, 2010 2:47 PM

Anonymous marian (londonUK) said...

You are amazing, how do you find time and ability to dedicate to sowing seed on time etc., I don't know. I got green and purple basil to grow to eat and act as an insect deterrent but life got away from me, perhaps if I sow it now it may do something, well done you, inspiration to many of us, thanks.
Marian (London UK)

June 29, 2010 5:56 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I definitely know what you mean about life getting away from me this year. Its one of those years! This year I have virtually no lettuce. :( And I fried the nice little soybeans I started. Oh well. There are other good things to focus on instead.

June 29, 2010 6:46 PM

Blogger Stevie from said...

I love basil - I should have a basil plot too. love it!

June 30, 2010 2:15 AM


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