Earthbox Update — September 27, 2013

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.

The basil has not been digging the cold and wet. I cut about 97% of it, leaving just a little bit to see how it does over the next couple of weeks. The seven plants provided 2-1/2 pounds of leaves on Wednesday and Thursday. At the QFC on Thursday they had .66 oz packages for $2.79. At that rate the 2-1/2 pounds represents $169. Crazy.

Wednesday at the card table:

092513 basil


I have no idea where the "Gretchen's" bag came from. I've never heard of it. I'm guessing a visitor left it behind.
I have no idea where the “Gretchen’s” bag came from. I’ve never heard of it. I’m guessing a visitor left it behind.

Thursdays proto pesto. It was divided up into sandwich freezer bags and frozen:

092713 proto pesto

Success with basil is initially what showed us that the Earthboxes rock. I’d always killed it in the past, before the Earthboxes.  It’s why we purchased ten more Earthboxes when we got the room.  (That, and the only good place to plant anything at the house happens to be on a concrete slab in the back yard.) This year we planted four basil plants as early as we could, then four more mid-season. They were totally unfussy and almost care-free all year. The total yield was about 7 pounds of leaves. At the prices above ($4.22/oz), that comes to $472.  Even at something like $1/oz, it’d still be over $100.



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