I'll be on the street corner giving away basel soon....

I started growing three Basel plants about 4 months ago and am finding although I use it on a daily basis I just have much too much. So rather than waist it  I usually dry some and the ones I pick for immediate use go into water just like a bouquet of flowers.  And they always root.

My kitchen window sill always has a few fresh cutting and I found they root in a matter of days.

When I find the mother plant, on the front porch, is getting too tall and ready to flower I pinch off the flower right away and put the new cuttings in water... it's a cycle now and I just can not use it fast enough.  Really, Basel go's into every thing I cook. (that's the Sicilian in me)
Today I potted a few more cuttings and found I now have 6 pots growing and that makes at least 13 plants.

Yesterday I layered these beautiful leaves in a veggie lasagna and the taste was to die for, but I just did not use basil fast enough and my stash keeps enlarging.

You might just find me  on the corner selling bunches soon because I hate to waist it.

Before planting in pots I put a coffee filter in the bottom, then the soil. For some reason the herbs like this because they all grow so well. I do use good potting soil and never re use the same soil twice. Not sure, but that could be the secret to growing healthy herbs?
At least they show me they like it?

I also have Lemon Basel growing. These plants are on the back deck and today I noticed the leaves have snail paths on them.. guess they need to go out on the front porch. There are much to many potted plants out front and someone is going to trip over one soon!

 Now that rainy season is in full force all the little snails come out on the back deck and their eating all the herbs I have growing back there and I hate to use snail bait. My yard is pesticide free so all the little critters have free run.

That's an idea... let the critters eat what we can not.  No need for me to make a fool out of myself by standing on the corner trying to give away bunches of herbs.....

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My "Blaze of Glory? Update on her growth.

 Back in April I received my "Blaze of Glory" climbing rose bush.  It looked like this when it came in the mail from the Jackson and Perkins catalog.  I planted it April 3rd, in a 60 gal pot.

 I took a photo on May 1st of the first blooms and thought, wow, look how fast she is growing.

Although I was a skeptic, the rose bush is growing in leaps and bounds.  The photo below is from yesterday, June 10, and it's taller than me and doing so well.  We have had a full week of rain and I'm wondering if it might be getting too much water?  Yesterday and today the sun is out and it's in the 90's,  so she has a chance to dry out a bit.

So far there has been no work on my part.  I simply planted it in a good size pot with the good potting soil and let her go.  I may just order another for my back deck but I'm afraid there might not be enough sun back there?
This spot gets about 7 hours of full sun and she is growing faster than I could imagine.  
 Might just need more room for her to grow since the trellis is rather small. Maybe if I just keep wrapping her in and out of the spaces she might do well. Or, should I just tie her to one side because how will I prune her properly if she is winding in and out?  This is my first attempt at growing a climbing rose bush and I've got a lot to learn.
I'll update in a few months as I'm so enjoying watching my "Blaze of Glory" flourish!

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