It is depressing, that whilst the blog of the other forummers on the GCS Forum is filled with beautiful pictures of their newest plants and freshly harvested herbs and vegetables, here I am, blogging about pests and deaths.
It is depressing indeed.
My basils were the first "real plants" I have.. and the first herbs I grew. Before that, I only had a few of those plants that almost never die.. like money plant and the like.
I was so proud of them. I bought them from the supermarket and rooted them in a nice rectangular pot.
They grew big fat juicy leaves. I ate their leaves for dinners, cooking them with tagliatelle, garlic and parmesan cheese.
They were attacked by white flies. Armed with the advice from fellow forummers, I used an organic insecticide and fended the pests away.
Their leaves turned yellowish. Again, with advice from the forummers, I brought them into a place with full sun and their leaves turned nice and green again.
I went overseas. They looked fine when I returned and waved their big green leaves cheerfully.
Then, I noticed their stems were a little brown.. their leaves started turning yellow.. And then, inexplicably, they turned brown and died.
Today, I packed them into a plastic bag and threw them down the rubbish chute.
My searches in Google tells me that they were rotting due to over-watering. I can only suspect that the problem was due to the heavy rains, on top of the daily watering.
But at least, for now, I can comfort myself that they are probably in heaven now - for the little joy they added to their owner and to her dining table.