The Ease of Herbs.

The notion of using the planters for the vegetables made sense as the pots were chock full of fertilizer and compost, but I had no knowledge if it would hamper the plants growth and development.  I decided to plant a portion in the planter and mirror the planting of the same vegetable and herb in the unfertilized soil. This was to ascertain the growth and health of the same plant in different soils response.

The results were mixed as the basil in the planters really never reached the level of development in color and flavor as the same strain of basil had accomplished in the infertile soil. The dill and rosemary both were better suited in the enriched soil of the planters. The results could possibly be misleading as the basil planter seemed over crowded, but after moving some of the extra basil out of the large planters there was very little change.Image

Above is a photo of the basil in the planter. The color of deep green was never reached and it was clearly obvious when tasted straight or when used in my cooking.

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Although slightly sandwiched between some cucumber leaves and mint leaves, you can clearly see the difference in the basil leaves. More robust, sturdy and the flavor clearly is the most telling of the visual comparison.

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About glenn van nostrand

Spent some years making my way around the cities and states, working, learning about new food ideas and planting and eating my share. Making my points about rejecting the corporate take over of our food source to my opinions about the New York food scene. LASTLY: No matter the size of my living area, I am always growing herbs & vegetables and enjoy the nurturing experiences of the growth to the nutritional value it gives from the table. View all posts by glenn van nostrand

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