My garden continues to teach and amaze me. Given that its been 1°C /34°F at night and barely getting up to 12°C/54°F in the day with limited sun, hubby and I had given up on them. Well, despite losing leaves daily, they’re putting out new blossoms and fruit is ripening! Lesson 1: Never give up, even when everyone gives up on you!
Having sniped too many top leaves with flower buds off my basil to use at once, as per normal, I put them in a glass of cold water on the kitchen counter. When I got around to using them about 2 weeks later, they’d put out roots! Herbs normally sit in water on my counter without going to root so I think this new development is due to the flowers – given that if basil flowers on the plant it stops putting out new leaves. Lesson 2: Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
In other news, the transplanted plants haven’t lost many leaves, drooped, or lost much color so they might be settling in. I trimmed all the spotted and cold-damaged leaves and all the flowers and buds from the basil to encourage it to put out fresh leaves. I also ‘mowed’ the chives to encourage fresh new blades. I’m not sure what’s going on with the jalepenos; when I brought them in there were little buds but that’s always a horrible time to mess with the roots, so I have a feeling they’re going to shrivel and fall off. Nothing fazes the rosemary and thyme and it seems the oregano decided to take a page from their book. Lesson 3: Let go and let God!