Anyone heard of it? I never had.
I had been having some trouble with my basil this year which I think I could have attributed to the slugs, originally. I was devastated because I am trying to grow a large basil crop to make pesto with and to dry for the winter. Basil is easily my favorite spice and I want a lot of it. What good is a garden if you don’t grow the foods you love the most?
While at Lowes the other day I saw basil plants on clearance for 50 cents. Because my plants weren’t doing so well I thought it would be a good time to buy a few more. They didn’t look great, they were pretty yellow, but I thought it was nothing my garden and some cow manure fertilizer couldn’t fix. I took them home planted them and waited. They didn’t get better. There was no new growth and the plants were looking worse. I didn’t know what the issue was.
While chit-chatting at work one day, one of my coworkers mentioned that she had heard of a Basil Blight affecting plants this year. I had never heard of it but went to work researching said blight. My results led me to this article. My stomach dropped when I read this story. It was a match. I went home checked the underside of my leaves and sure enough all the signs were there. I ripped those plants out of the ground immediately and into the fire pit they went. I removed them so fast I didn’t even think to take a picture of the signs.
I have since purchased 5 more basil plants that I will be planting on the other side of the yard 2-3 acres from my herb garden. Hopefully I will have better results!
By the way, I have now sworn off buying food plants from box stores . As we now know they were a main contributor in last year’s tomato epidemic. It only makes sense that we will have problems if everyone chooses to plant the same 5 varieties across the country. When a disease hits every plant is at risk. My food related plants are just to precious to me to risk losing!
Has anyone else had any garden problems this year?