In spite of the wintry weather outside (it’s snowing again), we’ve got a little bit of spring in our kitchen; the basil is sprouting!
You may remember that I signed up for the U of M Master Gardener seed trials for this summer and I got sent packets of turnip and basil seeds. (If you don’t remember, you can read about it here.)
Although I really don’t have a good setup for seed-starting, I was extremely interested in getting the basil. We love basil, and six varieties of basil just sounded like a good thing. Of course, I won’t actually know which ones are which until the trial is over, because, to be appropriately scientific, it had to be a “blind” test. So the seeds were simply labelled “A” through “F.”
My biggest fear was that they wouldn’t sprout at all, but at this point I’ve got a minimum of six sprouts for each kind. So, knock on wood, we should have at least a couple of transplants of each kind to put out in the vegetable garden (assuming summer ever comes).
Here’s hoping for lots of basil this summer!