Monday, October 24, 2011
My tip is not to over water it because there is no hole to escape water. You a sprayer to put water. It just need to be moist.
You can add egg shells into your garbage composed to do your homemade fertilizer for your garden at home...sweet stuff right??
I didn't put anything for the seeds to grow except to just water them daily. After few weeks they've grown beautifully.
It's pretty simple to care for these plants. They need to receive 6 hours of sunlight and water them daily. I normally put rice water 4-5 days and water for the remaining days.
Two days ago, I went to flea market and Home Depot to buy pots, soils and fertilizer. I want them to grow faster before winter hits. I am getting nervous because the weather is dropping at night to 65F. I put them inside because the temperature inside my apartment is around 75F. Also, I don't feel secure leaving them outside during the night because we have a lot of wild cats here. In the afternoon the weather still pretty warm like in the mid 80F.
|I just moved them to a bigger pot|
|They are about 5 inches tall now|
|I am trying this product, I'll update if it works|
Well... I am so excited and I hope I can see some vegetable soon. Yeyyy!!
Friday, October 21, 2011
Caring for this sweet basil is very straight forward. It needs water once a day. It likes its soil to be moist but not wet. I used rice water 4-5 times a week and normal water in between. The water needs to be room temperature or a little warmer. It doesn't like cold water!!! I normally water it in the morning. It needs at least 6 hours of sun. Since we got a lot of sun here in San Antonio. So it totally likes it.
If they start growing flower, cut it off so that they don't die. Also, when they grow flowers and you want to make pesto from their leaves, most likely the taste will be bitter. This is because they are old. So, if you want your basil to grow longer, take off their flowers. They will grow busier if you cut their stems once a month. and they branch out more.
I had mentioned, I was experimenting stem propagation. There were two method I experimented with which are 1. putting stems inside a cup of water and 2. plotting stem in the soil and cover it with plastic bag without exposing to sunlight. I believe both should have worked. But I must have done something as a result the second method didn't work.The 1st method works by doing this:
I cut the old stems and put it in a water for 2-3 weeks. They will start growing roots and once they start rooting, they you can put in a pot with soils. You can multiply your plants. Give it a try!!
Successful of stem propagation :)
I am so happy. I look forward every morning to wake up and see my plant have grown.