My “garden” this year was a few pots out on the balcony. Their have been some bumps in the road. I mistakenly let my son help me thin seedling. Later on I found him “thinning” the already thinned plants. The cilantro and a few other plants were decimated to only a single seedling. I eventually re-seeded…but the damage was done.
After I fertilized, my plants began to grow much better. The basil was doing the best. I had harvested it several time for such things as basil hummus, and still had a large healthy plant. I was contemplating trying out pesto in the near future and then I came home one day…and the basil was gone. It had fallen off of the high railing to its demise two stories below. I was able to harvest the shattered remains, which ended up being a couple of cups of good leaves, but now there is no more basil.
The demise of the basil has left me with a very sad outlook on the rest of the garden. Mostly due to laziness, I have not used the lettuce, chives and bit of cilantro that I have out there. The morning-glory and cosmos are only sporadic bloomers. I also have a ‘rescue’ plant that would probably be better off in the office it came from. It did not adapt well after the move. (I shouldn’t have put a plant that had been growing inside out into 100 degree temperature…laziness again.) I have enjoyed the begonia and dusty miller planter: now that the basil is gone it is the one success of my small garden.