Hope – 2

I love when seedlings are at that point where you can still see how the seed was constructed. Monocot or dicot, and all that.

Genovese basil

I maybe planted more basil in that pot than I should have, so I’ll probably rip a few of them out by their roots and eat them, as they get bigger.


“Grow my little children, all the better to eat you.” Or something.

Thai peppers

This year I need to figure out if I have to somehow pollenate those little fellows. When they get bigger, though.

The weather here has been unusual, which I suppose is the new usual – normal springtime but then maybe an ice storm or frost. I didn’t try to collect maple syrup because the maple trees had no idea when to bud, and I didn’t want to start tormenting them for sap, because they had sufficient problems on their own. Also, collecting sap is a great big pain in the butt, and so is boiling it down, and filtering it. It’s all a great big pain in the butt.


  1. kestrel says

    Nice, hope indeed! They say you can crowd cilantro if you want, it will still grow greens well that way. If you want it to go to seed, you would need to thin it. For your peppers: those flowers are self-pollinating (although insects can also pollinate them) and the wind usually does the job just fine. You can pollinate by them by giving your plants a good shaking every morning, and maybe in the afternoon as well. I usually shake mine in the morning, and then several times if I’m in working in the hoop house.

  2. says

    Nice! We’re currently building a green house. Or better said the foundation of a green house. I guess putting it up will be the least of our problems. But my windowsills are full with seedlings. Also, peppers take forever.

  3. says

    Let me tell you, you have the sequence right. First build the foundation then put the greenhouse on it.

    I did mine backwards – the greenhouse (bought preassembled from the shed store) is untreated pine and I didn’t want that sitting in water so I used a pry bar and a cinderblock to lift the greenhouse one side at a time so I could slide concrete pavers under it. Talk about “doing it the hard way!” I should have asked for help but that is not my way.

  4. chigau (違う) says

    Let all the basil grow. It will take about a cubic metre to make one cup of pesto.

  5. brightmoon says

    At first I thought the basil seedlings were coleus but the two are closely related . I’ve never tried eating coleus but they do smell kinda carroty. Still would rather grow them than eat them🤷🏽‍♀️

  6. says

    It will take about a cubic metre to make one cup of pesto.

    I don’t plan to make pesto with it – it’s mostly going to serve as garnish.
    I do enjoy pesto, but you are correct that in quantity it’s wasteful of resources.

  7. Dunc says

    Pesto’s what you make when you find you’ve got way more basil that you can use in any other way. It a way of using a glut that would otherwise go to waste.

    I often make a wild leek pesto in the spring, because wild leek grows in vast quantities around here (it’s classed as an invasive weed), but it’s only a short season. I blitz it down, portion it out, and freeze it.

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