Basil in my garden

I had mentioned in my last post about my adventure growing Rajnigandha (Polianthes Tuberosa). I had received a complimentary basil seed pack with lots of tiny seeds in it along with Rajnigandha (polianthes tuberosa). This is my first time growing Basil & just the second plant that i tried growing in my entire existence.

Plastic Glass
plastic glass
Plastic Glass filled with coco peth
Glass +coco peth

I had many plastic transparent glasses, normally used as disposable glasses during small gatherings. Took 6 glasses drilled small holes at the bottom of each glass, filled them half with coco peth, poured water & let it drain and then sprinkled some seeds of Basil in each glass.Some seeds germinate faster, some take time & some don’t respond.

Below is the pics of the seeds germinated after a week.

Plastic Glass filled with coco peth
Plastic Glass filled with coco peth
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seeds germinating after a weeks time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The below pics is around after 25-30 days(not sure of the time line),

Basil Sapling
Basil Sapling
Basil sapling
Basil sapling

Care needs to be taken after the seeds germinate and till true leaf appears.

I had keep the seedling in some shade till true leaf appear, just wanted to protect it from harsh sunlight. I am not sure about how much sunlight the seedling needs to be exposed to, just went with my hunch and my observation of the plants health.The plant is now more than a month old, 5- 6 leaves on the baby plant and the leaves really smell good.

Recent Snap:

Plants 140Receint Images of basil plant

will transplant the plant from the plastic glass to a small plastic pot & will add some compost to see how it grows.

 

 

Fellow bloggers Please feel free to share your experience with me.Need a lot of tips.

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  1. looks really awesome jacob. i got a question about soil. did u just use coco peet in those plastic cup or do we have to add mud to it? and what soil do u use when you will transfer it to bigger plastic pot? am trying to grow an avocado from seed, and bonsai it later.

    1. Hi Liji,

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Initially getting coco peth was a challenge, so using locally available soil was the only option. Currently for seed germination i am using only coco peth.
      Once the seed germinate and the true leafs appear i add a little compost on the surface, coco peth has no nutrients in it for the plant to survive & grow.
      coming to your query about the soil i will use when i transfer it to a bigger pot…..i will add 1/3 compost to the new pot & the 2/3 coco peth. Observing the plants health will help you come up with your own mix for plants.Quite a challenge you have taken up, Avocado from seeds and a bonsai out of it.I have read somewhere that avocado seeds do germinate easily.Do keep me updates on your tryst with avocado.

  2. Hi,
    I am looking for basil, corriander, mint, oregano, rosemary plant in mumbai. Any idea where i can get good ones. Btw, I have grown avocado at home from seed it seems to be growing just fine.

    1. Hi j,

      I had written a post on supplies for gardening in mumbai.
      You can visit vruksha nursery at irla,they have a vast collections of herbs and other plants. For more details you can check the below link:

      jacobskitchengarden.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/gardening-supplies/

      Happy gardening.

      Regards,
      Jacob.

  3. my avocado seems to be taking baby steps to sprout . can see signs of life in it….will send u a pic wen i can root it properly ….bought a new house and got tiny space in my kitchen window . u think i cud grow my herbs there in tiny pots?…..it gets good sunlight.

    1. wishing good health for your Avocado.If your kitchen window gets ample sunlight for 4 or more hours a day you can grow most things.Will suggest you to buy/use a rectangular container and grow herbs together, you can avoid mint.Am going to try growing and create a herbs garden for my window sill in a rectangular container.

      Keep me posted.

      Happy Gardening.

      Regards,

      JD.

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