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Oh Dear! A serious Basil problem.

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Oh Dear! A serious Basil problem.

Post  camprn on 6/28/2010, 11:13 pm

Beware, Bad news!! Read about it here. No


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Re: Oh Dear! A serious Basil problem.

Post  Megan on 6/29/2010, 7:10 am

Agghhh!!! My basil is okay so far, knock on wood. Thanks for the link. This is very local news to me... and DeBaggio's is a wonderful nursery.


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Post  silverbug on 6/29/2010, 7:16 am

A friend mentioned this at my daughter's birthday party this weekend, but I didn't understand what she was saying, since she was focused on the price of basil in the grocery store going up sky high. I just wasn't paying attention I guess, since my comment back was "Oh, good thing I have a big healthy patch in my herb garden." Bah. I hope that this isn't going to be a horrendous thing for years to come.


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Post  Retired Member 1 on 6/29/2010, 8:04 am

Thanks for the heads-up. My basil is fine, but this reminds me I need to go whack them off to keep them going.

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Re: Oh Dear! A serious Basil problem.

Post  Lavender Debs on 6/29/2010, 9:48 am

Long before we have fresh garden basil (in the other Washington) I can easily find hydroponic basil at most supermarkets. That seems like perfect conditions for what Camp’s link describes. TJ's has plants of big lush basil that do not last through the week at home, probably because of the conditions they are grown in. There is also celo-pacs of basil. I've seen black leaves buried under the green for a couple of years now. I thought it was the cold that caused it.

What worries me is remembering how blight was spread up and down the east coast, apparently by one or two big growers sending tomato starts to "big box stores". It makes me wonder where all the basil on the left coast is coming from and what we are spreading.

In Theory I am an advocate of "buy local" but in practice, maybe not so much. Now I'm just a wee bit worried about my compost. I cannot remember if I threw the black basil in the trash or compost.

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Post  kimbertangleknot on 6/29/2010, 10:02 am

Wow. That sucks big time. I'm lucky in that I don't use fresh herbs a whole lot honestly, I much prefer the dried version of the herb (I can use less and it lasts longer). But in any case, see what happens when people mass produce? Bad juju happens. You get more and more diseases and what not with produce because most don't want to spend the extra money to do it the "good" way. If they just would have stuck to what they were doing back then people wouldn't bat an eye to pay more for good product, because it would be the norm. I bet we all would be healthier too.

I feel so bad for the commercial growers though, that's still their income, I hope that it can be brought under control next year so everyone wins. Sad


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Post  herbarium on 6/29/2010, 10:59 am

Liquid kelp has been shown to help plant resistance to disease, fungus, drought, and frost. It may also be a cure for disease. There is no harm in using it so I think this would be a good time to use it as a preventative if you don't have disease in your garden yet.


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