by A.J. Coltrane
Previous post here.
Well, we learned something about basil — holding out on the harvest is a very bad idea. Over the last ten days the weather has cooled, and the basil didn’t dig it at all. It went from almost totally healthy to dying off in that short span of time… On Friday I brought it all inside. Note the computer mouse for scale in the middle of the stack and the camera case at the bottom right:
Maybe 10-20% of the basil was “fresh” and not yellowing or turning purple. It’s a bummer, but it’s definitely a lesson. The plan for next year is to harvest 50% of the basil on August 1st and most of what’s left on August 14. We’ll probably also harvest more aggressively throughout the summer.
Basil really is a hothouse flower.
On the bright side, we harvested 30 pounds of stuff this week, not including the basil:
We’re at 85 pounds for the year. That’s waaaay behind last year’s 200 pounds on this date.
Over the next seven days the weather forecast calls for cloudy days in the 60’s with some rain. If the weather doesn’t improve we may be harvesting almost everything else over the next two weeks, regardless of ripeness.
Visit Dave at Ourhappyacres, host of Harvest Monday.