Gardening: Caring for the Basil
I have been having strong urges to take charge of my half-dying basil plant.
Every basil plant I bring into the house enters in full bloom giving us wonderful basil leaves.
Give it 3 weeks and we see half of it gone with no live.
Today, I stopped by a nursery near my abode and had a chat with Myint, a soft-spoken Myanmese lady who obviously knew her stuff.
1.) Basil needs sunlight, not FULL Singapore sunlight. Instead it needs just the morning and late afternoon sunlight. So pick a place that has gentle sunlight.
2.) Water it dutifully.
3.) Loosen the soil once in awhile.
4.) Give it nutrients (organic fertiliser) every 2 weeks with phostrogen and add some good compost into the soil.
5.) Give it a big pot to grow. I chose a big rectangular one because I love basil.
6.) Remove the centre leaves always.
7.) Make sure you trim the plant so that it does not grow more than 1 feet in height. This is to ensure a steady supply of basil.
8.) If you see the stalks turning black, remove it.