B Is For Basilika.


Finnish for basil. This one grew on my window last year and was replanted once more to a bigger pot, similar to the one in the left before getting eaten with pasta and tomato sauce. The both white plastic pots are self-watering pots, the water goes down a pipe to the reservoir in the bottom.

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  1. Ice Swimmer says

    Thank you!

    I love basil and it’s so easy to grow indoors. This year’s basil took one week from sowing to grow the first green shoots, as did the chives. The first lovage shoots popped up 9 days after sowing. Still waiting for the mint to germinate.

  2. says


    Bazalka in Czech.

    That has a lovely sound to it!

    Ice Swimmer:

    The first lovage shoots popped up 9 days after sowing.

    That’s the one herb I’ve never had the slightest bit of luck with, just can’t get it to thrive.

  3. kestrel says

    Yes! Giliell, I thought the same!

    Wow the leaves are just glowing -- now I am longing to make pesto.

  4. Ice Swimmer says

    Caine @ 4

    That’s strange. While a good proportion of lovage seeds can be duds, my experience is that the ones that start growing, will grow well and be hardy, though I’ve killed some with overwatering. Maybe there’s some critter, microbe of fungus that will attack them there.

  5. chigau (違う) says

    At first, we planted the lovage in the small herb-bed beside the house.
    In year two it grew to over six feet and was overwhelming the bed.
    We moved it to the bottom of the garden, beside the rhubarb, where it usually gets to over eight feet tall.
    It also took a couple of years to get the last of it out of the herb-bed. I think the deepest roots were about two feet deep.

  6. says

    The deer ate my basil, right after they ate my cilantro.
    I hope they burped to death.
    Except they were probably too happy because they also ate my poppies.

  7. says

    Giliell @5

    Reading the title, I was expecting a church building.

    Me too! The Italian version of the same word, basilica, has been co-opted into English, but it is not common -- except that not far from where I grew up was a huge beautiful cathedral literally just called The Basilica. Observe!

  8. Ice Swimmer says

    In Finland the word basilica/basilika isn’t generally used about the churches here. The Turku Cathedral is one, but it’s the only medieval basilica here. Most medieval stone churches here are more like this.

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