Inspired by the lovely Former Fish Taco Fanatic, we decided to grow some tomatoes and basil a couple of weeks ago. Despite my fears of exposing my ineptness at plant growing, we found ourselves at a real plant store, Farmer D Organics. I am so glad we went there because the people at Farmer D’s were incredibly nice, helpful and enthusiastic! They explained to me exactly which plants would work well in a pot, how to plant and water them and even how to correctly harvest the basil.
When we brought our plants home, N did most of the “dirt”y work, while I took pics.
For our pot, we purchased a wash tub from the local hardware store. N drilled drainage holes in the bottom.
We filled up the pot with the organic potting soil from Farmer D’s and popped in the plants. Here is what they looked like when we first potted them.
Normally, I’m not so good with plants. I usually kill them, but these guys are actually growing quite steadily. There are no tomatoes yet, but at the rate they are growing I should be able to make fresh bruschetta soon!
Though the plants are shooting up, there are some small to large holes in my basil leaves. I have relocated several small bugs from the basil every now and then, so I can only guess that it is those guys who are enjoying my basil. I would love to hear advice from others on how to control insects on plants without the use of pesticides.
Until next time, happy Friday!