Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Holy Basil!

For the last 2 years I've tried to grow a decent bunch of basil and had minimal success. I've always got enough to shred on top of pizza or pasta, but this year? A completely different story. Just feast your eyes on this bounty:

(please note volleyball for scale)

This basil is at least 2 feet tall and attempting to overtake my entire garden. Does anyone have any super awesome ideas for using all this glorious herb? Keep in mind my man's not a big fan of pesto...

In related garden news please compare these two measly little peppers:

to this one:

What the crap?!?!? They were all planted the same day, watered the same amount. Yikes!


Nicola said...

I have also had great success with container gardening this year. I had to chop down my basil and root a bunch of the stems in water- I have baby basil plants all over my kitchen! I like to chop up some basil with halved cherry tomatoes, onion, mozzarella, and a little balsamic vinegar. I also tasted a great salad the other day with basil, watermelon, and goat cheese. Yum!

Kari said...

Peppers like to be root bound -- and often do better in pots. Black pots are the best as they like their roots to be nice and warm.

Anonymous said...


basil dressing

Anonymous said...

"Keep in mind my man's not a big fan of pesto..."

Sad. Very sad. But you could make the pesto anyway and give it away. It freezes well.