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Month: July 2020

Basil Roots

I rooted some sweet basil clippings by sticking them in a glass of water. It worked better for basil than it did for mint. You can grow regular sweet basil inside and it’ll be fine. But at least here, if you put it outside, it succumbs to Basil Downy Mildew, a plant disease first seen in Florida in 2008. You’ll need Downy Mildew Resistant basil seeds if you want to grow basil outside in a humid place like Ohio, or they’ll just grow mildew, and you can’t eat them.

Stolen Mint

A house was getting torn down so I took a few cuttings from the mint growing in the front yard. They always remove the old yard and plant bed and install sod when they do this. I don’t know why. I cut the stems at an angle, and put them in water.

I didn’t use rooting hormone. You don’t have to use rooting hormone, but it helps a plant create roots from a cutting. I just put them in a glass of water.

The clippings all died. It was hairy ass mint anyway. I don’t know what I would have done with it. And I didn’t plan ahead at all. RIP, mint.