need basil advice
I'm looking for some advice to increase my basil production. Ever since I built my new garden three years ago I have grown all of my herbs in one raised bed (each year I choose a different raised bed). My cilantro and parselys do wonderfully, it's just my basil that is awful. The leaves are not large and healthy, but rather small and puny. They are also attacked a lot by insects so I have to apply food-grade DE with a puffer periodically. Are the soil requirements different for basil than they are for the other herbs I am growing? At my old house I used to grow it directly in the ground and always ended up with more basil than I could possibly harvest.
In the photos below, the basil and cilantro seedlings on the right side of the bed were only sowed a couple of weeks ago. It's the basil on the left side of the bed that I'm complaining about. If this site would allow larger images and less ad space it would be easier to see what I am talking about.
This post was edited by njitgrad on Tue, Aug 5, 14 at 8:36