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.
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.
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.