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#1 Old 09-19-2011, 05:57 PM
 
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And I can't figure out why. I recently transplanted it...the edges of the leaves are turning black and curling.

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#2 Old 09-19-2011, 06:23 PM
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Never had good luck trying to save it as summer comes to an end. My girlfriend has a garden full of it right now, and it's just starting to get to the point where it's gonna start dying as well. When this happens, we basically just pick it all and throw it into the blender with a small amount of oil to make a basil paste that can frozen for later use in recipes requiring basil. It'll never be as good as fresh basil, but better than having to spend a fortune buying a few half dead leaves from the store

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It's an annual, not meant to live past the end of the growing season.

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Where did you transplant it from and to?
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I've wondered this - can you plant basil indoors and grow it throughout the winter? (I live in Ontario, Canada) - will there be enough sunlight to grow it, or does it have to be grown during a regular growing season? If I planted some seeds now....would they sprout and thrive?

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I've wondered this - can you plant basil indoors and grow it throughout the winter? (I live in Ontario, Canada) - will there be enough sunlight to grow it, or does it have to be grown during a regular growing season? If I planted some seeds now....would they sprout and thrive?

Yes, as long as it gets direct light for at least 6 hours a day, and the indoor temp doesn't get too cold. Basil thrives in heat and direct sun. Frost will kill it, as will extended periods of cold. If you have a windowsill that gets direct sun for that long, you can put it there (a windowsill inside the house, so it benefits from the interior warmth, but also gets direct sun on the leaves). Or you could put it next to a fluorescent bulb. The closer the better, but not touching the leaves.

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You can pick the leaves and gently pile them in a tupperware box and put them in the freezer. They are awesome for cooking all through the winter as they keep flavor perfectly.

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