The yard is still a mess from Lee, but we could have fared a lot worse. I will take a few sticks and branches in the yard any day over downed trees and flooding. Also, sending good thoughts to all of our friends in Texas. What a crazy summer.
For those of you wondering about all the basil, I have no idea why it was so happy. The other types of basil in other areas did not grow as well, so I'm thinking the success had to do with:
- cutting early and often
- the soil mix in that raised bed (top soil and compost, heavy on the compost, but I don't remember the exact ratio I used)
- morning sun - the basil on one side of the raised bed grew better that the basil on the other side, even though they both received sun all day
- early start - the stuff's been in the garden since March 1st
- companion planting - despite everything saying it needs full sun, my basil grew in the shade of the bushiest tomato plant (also, coincidentally, facing that precious morning sun); it really liked those 'maters
Now I'm off to heat up more tea and maybe fold some clothes before I call it a day. Wait, can I call it a day at 3pm? Think the kids will buy that?