Monday saw the first day of winter here in Australia, and the weather in Tasmania matched. Since then there have been many freezing cold mornings and bitterly cold nights. I really wished I had installed the wood fired heater when I had the chance. Before next winter I am sure I will have one in… a friend is getting rid of their old one, so I may be able to buy it (if it fits). Today I saw the first frost of the year, I hope it hasn’t damaged the beans and peas I planted.
While at the supermarket on the weekend I noticed they were once again selling basil plants. Well, not plants as in in a pot. These were basil in plastic bags, that you are meant to place in the fridge and use while the leaves are fresh. I bought one to see if I could make something useful from it. I had plans to cut sections to place in water (to allow roots to grow, in order to be placed into pots), as well as some shoved right into some pots. I set about the next day to begin my work, yet I noticed that the plant was already suffering. Despite being in water, and with some sun light too, the leaves were drooping and the stems were showing signs of significant distress.
I suspect that the plant may have been kept in a cold room some time recently, and once I brought it home it began to die.
I have managed to salvage a few cuttings, placing them in water so that they might have a chance to live on… although I don’t have high expectations that this will succeed.