“If you’ve got a plot the size of a car or a tiny yard in Italy, you’re going to be growing tomatoes and basil and celery and carrots, and everybody is still connected to the land.” – Frances Mayes

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.


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