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Hi. My name is Sean, and I am a basilholic. Mere hours after I composed my mash note to basil, I went out running errands. I popped into Trader Joe’s for some Gerolsteiner sparkling water (mmm…) and a bunch of ridiculously cheap wine. So imagine my surprise when I saw they were selling ginormous basil plants in gallon buckets for, like, three bucks. So I did what any rational person would do. I bought two, and went forthwith to the garden store for another bracket and window box. Now, odds are that I’ve crammed too large of basil plants into too small of a window box, but as long as they live long enough to squeak out some pesto or something, I consider it money well spent.

It’s been nearly a month since I planted the other window boxes, and they’re doing quite well, too. However, I think they may develop an inferiority complex being stationed next to these goliath herbs. A couple more pics after the jump.

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I told you they were huge. But look how well my original herbs are doing. I’ve been pinching them back to encourage shrubbier growth and to prevent them from going to flower (except the silver thyme, which you can’t get ahead of). And yes, I realize I bought the wrong color window box. So sue me.

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The flowerbox at the top is doing quite well, too. Those tall flowers are called wallflowers. So, don’t mind them. 🙂 I have no idea how tall those flower spikes can get, but there’s no end in sight.

  • You’ve got the Basil-bug in ya…
    Inspired to make preserved basil oil, exotic basil ice cream, or elegant blueberry-basil jam? You may need to take another trip to TJ…LOL!
    You go wit yo bad self and all dem herbs, Brah. : -)
    Thanks for the Butterfly Effect meme tag! I won’t disappointment you…
    Tootles,
    Anni : -)

  • I think you have got two different types of basil, there are several types here you know, Genovese, Napolitano and at least one more that I can’t remember the name of.

  • Ilva — you may be right. The smaller one is clearly Genovese, for the rounded leaves. I suppose the big ones could be Napolitano. It would certainly explain their vigorous growth!

  • *Extending hand*
    My pleasure Sean
    *shaking*
    I’m a fellow basil-holic! I have Greek and purple basil growing outside. I actually use it so much that I still end up purchasing it on occasion. I think my friends are ready for me to sorta chill a bit on the basil kick.
    If you haven’t tried strawberry pesto–then you must! I stole the idea from Clotilde at Chocolate & Zucchini. I made it and it is amazing. I posted about it here
    http://acmeinstantfood.blogspot.com/2006/06/strawberry-pesto_20.html

  • I gotta get more creative with the basil, considering the wealth of it I have. The strawberry pesto sounds amazing and very intriguing. I’ve always been fond of interchanging mint and basil as herbal agents — using basil in sweet items and mint in savory. At least now I have ample basil in preparation for the descent of heirloom tomatoes. All I need to do now is start pulling (ok, buying) some fresh mozzarella, and it’s caprese city, baby!