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Growing parsley and basil

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 22:48

Hi all,

Thanks for the advice, very much appreciated.  I will get some pots in the following weekend (hopefully will get warmer) and split the basil but it will have to go outside as we are out of room in the flat.  We are considering buying a mini green house stand like the one from Amazon, hopefully this way it will be protected from icy wind, insect infestation and frost - plus we can grow a few more.

Does anyone think it is worth doing?

At the moment the plants outside are getting covered in slugs even though we live on a 2nd floor flat! No idea how they get up there!

Growing parsley and basil

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 23:51

Hi all,

Wow, thanks very much for your replies. It has been very helpful.  We live in a small flat so I only have room for one of each herb.

Do I just need to pluck out the thinner stalks? Not sure if I can pull it out with the root without disruptng the other stalks.

The parsley and basil both took 2-3 weeks to germinate.  I thought they were dead at first! I keep them on a window sill and when the sun sets I switch on a growlight I have pinned on the wall.  It's a SAD light I bought for myself but it doesn't work as well for me, lol!

The packs on the grow your own packs never tell you sow sparingly and just tell you to tip the whole pack in. It's so misleading and I've never grown my own plant/herb successfully to full term before. Now I know why.

Thanks again, really appreciate all your comments!

Any garden questions to really test us

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 23:30

Could you assist a complete beginner amateur gardening enthusiast with the query below please?

I am growing basil, mint, chives, parsley, rockets and rosemary from the beginning again. I want to put them outside for the summer but when I did this last year with the same set of herbs they got infested with annoying little flies.  When it turned late October, I brought them in doors and they died (I think, there was just stalks left, nothing was growing), slugs were hiding in them on the soil and my poor flat was full of the buzzing flies. 

I wondered if I could have left those plants outside all winter and would they grow back (bearing in mind our winters in the UK are freezing sub zero)?

I am considering getting one of those four tier greenhouse frame and cover type things for our small balcony to put them in but if the cold will kill them it'll be a waste of money.

They are growing on my window sill atm but I'm noticing low production of leaves and my mint leaves are growing about 1cm diameter before it turns brown and dies.

Thanks for any advice!

Growing parsley and basil

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 23:14

Hi sorry, for some reason my previous post cut off and I just had to rewrite! I'm getting a bit worried about the foresty mess of it and the stalks are of different girth too, some grass thin and some slightly thicker.

My rockets and dill I had previously germinated then wilted and died.

Growing parsley and basil

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 23:08

Hi all,

I've grown my parsley and basil from seeds (the whole pack of seeds) and they are growing well from the looks of it!

Do you think it looks overgrown? I want to avoid my rocket situation where it ended up wilting then dying.

I wish the instructions on these grow your own packs would tell you to sow a bit of the pack and not the whole pack and expect the whole plant to survive in the tiny pot they provide you.

Thanks in advance!


Dying Rockets

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 22:48

thanks Dovefromabove, I will certainly look for it on iPlayer if it is still there.  Here is my rockets so far (I only used a few seeds).  Hopefully they will grow past baby stage to full grown rocket!


Dying Rockets

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 20:27

Wow, I had no idea it could get that big from one seed. Thanks for the picture, Italophile, ours just looked like cress before it died! I don't know why the instructions said to sprinkle all the seeds.  I have now started a new pack (bought from Sainsburys) and only sprinkled around 5 seeds in it.  We live in a small flat so we don't have space for big pots so I'd rather keep the plant small.  When we left our now dead herbs outside, they would be covered with huge slugs no matter what we did, they would still get in (one even crawled into my other half's ashtray!).  This year I'm going to keep all my plants in doors.

Dying Rockets

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 22:32

P.s. the rocket comes with the compressed soil - how long before I have to change it? Sorry I'm still learning about plants, they are fussier than humans!

Dying Rockets

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 22:27

Hi guys,

Thanks for your advice.  I will start again this Easter and sow a tiny bit of the packet.  I assumed you were supposed to use the whole packet provided in the pot but I think it was overkill.  i hope they will grow past the cress looking stage!

I don't plan to put these plants outside as last year we left our herbs outside and they got infected with infested with little gnats.  By the time it got to winter and the frost came, they were dying and we decided to bring them indoors and the place was filled with the little flies.  Nothing we did killed them and we slowly died.  

We are starting again this year and keeping the herbs indoors under a growlight and window sill.

Will report back and see if they can grow past the cress looking stage and actually look like rockets.

Thanks again!

Dying Rockets

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 14:00

Hi fish4card and Ryan,

Thanks for your replies.  The pot does look really saturated and since posting that picture they have turned into a pile of mushy, tangled mess.  When they were growing, they were standing tall and untangled.  We've bought some new rocket seeds and I will start again maybe planting only half the packet.

The flat is generally quite warm, the mint, the rosemary (except theit leaves are curling under?) and my orchards are surviving well.  I have a flourescent sad light above them and the rockets are directly under the light so I would have thought it would be getting enough light, warmth and water.  I will test the overcrowding theory by planting less seeds this time round.

Thanks again for your advice!

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