We use a lot of basil . . way more than I ever seem to be able to grow but I’m working hard on growing more.
Every 4 to 6 weeks, I start more basil seeds. They’re real easy to grow. This is a pot of seeds I started about a month ago. I started more seeds today and hope to have fresh basil right up til it gets cold, then I’ll start growing it in the indoor garden.
But today I was making a humongous batch of spaghetti sauce to can and I knew I needed more basil that I had here. I went to Wal-Mart and here are the herbs they had in the grocery section.
I’m not blaming Wal-Mart for having crappy fresh produce (and I use the term fresh very loosely!) because I doubt many people in our town buy some of the items they carry and the stuff just sits there and then when I need something fresh .. well, it was fresh a couple of weeks ago but not today. Anyway, the herbs in these little packets usually look pretty sad . . sometimes they look so sad that I just walk away and use dried herbs. In the basil packets, you get about 10 leaves for $2.92 . . except they had no basil today. I wasn’t going to buy it anyway . . I just wanted to get a picture.
I went into the garden section because they sell basil plants for $3.00 and they usually have at least 40 leaves on them. Yes, I’ve counted before. I do this often!
These are the three plants they had left. I was lucky they had any plants left since planting season is pretty much over. I asked the guy how much they were because the price tags were gone. He said “make me an offer!” I kinda looked at him. He said “2 for $1.00?” I was thinking . . this is Wal-Mart . . he wants an offer?? So, I just stood there and then he said “OK. 3 for $1.00?” I said . . “all 3 for 50 cents!” He said “OK”!
I topped all the stems and this will grow into nice bushy basil before winter gets here.
This is the basil I got off those three plants. What a deal, huh?
Seriously though, when you need fresh herbs and it’s not something you have in your own garden, if it’s growing season, your garden center may have full plants for less than it costs to buy a little packet of herbs in the grocery store.