So the weather has been relatively normal....and my basil survived until now...and probably later if I had let it. The thing is...our climate is so dry up here that tender plants like basil seem to last a bit longer than in a wetter climate (like the coast). However, there were signs that the night time coolness was taking it's toll....brown spots on the leaves etc....so, I thought that yesterday I would pick it all and then sort it today.And I have done that.
|Picked Basil - unsorted....this is about 1/3 done.|
|Here is the sorted basil (about 1/3 done)|
|...and here are 1/3 of the basil stems and tatty leaves.|
The whole process is somewhat soothing....the scent of the basil on my fingers, the sounds of the birds etc in the yard as I do it on the back deck for the most part, it's quite a calming experience. All in all a job well done and will prove to be fruitful in the winter...and tasty too!