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Tuesday, April 14

Fresh Basil Plants for the Black Thumb Inclined

My relationship with fresh basil is one of the love-hate variety.

living herbs basil plants are the BEST, especially if you have a black thumb!

I love using fresh basil when cooking, but I can’t for the life of me keep a basil plant alive. I have the blackest of black thumbs. Buying fresh cut basil at the store just doesn’t really work, though. It only lasts 1 or 2 days and then it’s Bye Bye, Basil. I recently read a tip about snipping the stems of fresh basil and putting it in a glass of water like flowers in vase, but that only works about half of the time for me.

living herbs basil plants are the BEST, especially if you have a black thumb!

Luckily I discovered a basil plant that is AWESOME for people like me. I’ve seen it in a few different stores and it is the best! North Shore Living Herbs sells mini fresh basil plants potted in peat moss that I am completely in love with.

living herbs basil plants are the BEST, especially if you have a black thumb!

Here’s how it works: The basil plant comes in a mini pot with holes in the bottom. You place the pot on a plate or in a cup and make sure that it’s sitting in 1/4″ – 1/2″ of water (check it regularly to keep it watered!). The basil stays perfectly lovely for 1-2 weeks, which works really well for the home cook.

living herbs basil plants are the BEST, especially if you have a black thumb!

Be sure to keep an eye out for these great little basil plants. I guarantee you’ll fall in love!


6 Comments »

  1. I love the live basil plants too.

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    Liz

    I bet my black thumb rivals yours! Thanks for the tip, Jane—I hate going into the fridge to see my 2 day old basil covered with spots 🙁

    • that’s what is so annoying about basil – it’s not supposed to be stored at less than 50º F, which rules out the fridge, but it just doesn’t stay fresh sitting out at room temp. drives me batty! you’ll love these plants, you need to find them!

  3. Nope. I have the blackest thumb. I am known as the grim reaper of the plant worl! LOL. In fact I just killed one of these live basil plants. I’m going to give it another try though 🙂

    • haha! although we may be rivals because since I posted this I’ve only added water once, and your comment reminded me I better get more water in the glass pronto! 😉

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