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  1. headless chicken

    headless chicken

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    Ok, I've planted a number of herbs in my backyard this year and they've been marvelous (Italian Parsley, Oregano, Basil, Rosemary, and Thyme). The winter is coming soon and I'd like to save at least the basil and rosemary. My back window faces west and I have a table positioned at that window, I was wondering how I could bring these herbs inside.

    Note though that my basil bush is huge. I mean, me being around 6' tall, I just need to bend down a slight to pick the flowers off and the base of the bush is like tree trunks now, thick with the bark surface.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. mudbug

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    Your basil is 6' tall? 6' = six feet
    Are you sure you didn't mean 6" = six inches?

    The base of the basil stem goes to bark because it is moving towards the end of it's life cycle. If you want to save some for the winter, there are a couple of ways you can root basil cuttings.

    1) A small container of water.

    2) A pot full of fluffy soil watered well.

    Take cuttings of stems which are not "flowering" or "going to seed". Remove the bottom two inches of leaves and stems from the main stem and insert it into the container or water or pot of soil up to just below remaining leaves. If you use the pot method, keep the soil moist. You can keep the pot outside incomplete shade, but no direct sun.

    The cuttings should root within a week or two. If you use the water method
    you can pot the cuttings after they root.
     
  3. mangilao30

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    Basil is an annual. It's life cycle is usually one year, you can prolong it by keeping it indoors but I think it's best fresh in the summer.

    Pasley is a biennial, it grows well in cool weather, spring and fall, in the heat of the summer it will go to seed. You can try to bring it indoors but it might not be as vigorous as the optimal temps are 55-65 or 70 F. Try it though.

    Rosemary is an outdoor plant and it can survive the winter, I have 5 kinds, provided you do not let it get soggy. Rosemary should be potted in a large pot or in the ground, what zone are you in? Thyme can take the outdoors, just don't let it get water logged.
     
  4. headless chicken

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    I'm 6 feet tall, the basil runs the height of my leg so I barely need to bend down when trimming or plucking some leaves.

    I'm in Toronto and some years, our winters gets pretty bad (enough to pull the army reserves to fight the snow :rolleyes: ). I'm thinking of saving at least the basil and rosemary. I might try to keep the oregano and thyme but both I rarely use.

    I have pictures of what I planted somewhere, I'll try posting once I find a place that will allow me to post 2mb jpg files :D ...every picture I take on my dig camera is at full resolution with super fine detail.
     
  5. redace1960

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    take the rosemary inside this winter. if the windchill doesn't get it the freeze-thaw of the rootball will. theres been other discussions of this, check 'em out. i'm 5 blocks away from Victoria BC and i know what that northeaster can do!
    parsely? just buy new. the second year isn't worth bothering with; you get very few leaves-and those tiny-as the plant puts all its energy into sending out flowerstalk after flowerstalk.
    basil: take it in and see what happens! ive never seen one as robust as you describe. just because its botanically an annual doesn't mean IT knows that....kind of like violas and california poppy. in any event maybe let one spike ripen seeds and save them; you might want to keep this strain going (or give them as gifts...................hint hint.)
     
  6. headless chicken

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    Actually I've been handing them out to neighbors, friends, and co-workers.