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First time gardening and having some problems.

Hello, I'm new to this forum and this is my first time trying to grow organically. Hopfully in time I'll provide all of my vegetable needs with gardening. But I decided to start small and borrowed my mothers Areogarden and grew basil, purple basil, and mint.
The Basil faaaaaaaaaaaaaaar outgrew the other plants and was soon touching the grow bulb and was burned. So I decided to clip off the plastic casing and transplant the poor guy into some soil. Now I know this could have been a stupid rookie mistake but several of the shoots are wilting off while one seems strong. My question is, should I cut these off? They seem to be dying anyway. Also, I apologize for the horrible quality, it's from a phone and that's about as good as I could get it.


Green Thumb
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Location: Holbrook Az. zone 5b

Basil is a fast grower cut all the dead back and if it starts taking over your area just cut it back and use it . and welcome

Little Homestead
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Hey Bazill, I'm a newbie to this forum too! High five!

I've been gardening organically for a long time and gotta agree with Dusty Rivers here...basil grows fast... and indoors it tends to get leggy and a bit pale in color. Use it up and try sprinkling a few seeds in your pot to start a new batch to take the place of the older ones. They won't last as long indoors.

The Helpful Gardener
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Basil is a tough grow indoors; it needs copious light and warmth. I grow mine outside in season and freeze some in ice cube trays (we have trays we only use for basil) and dry the rest for winter use. The amount of lighting you would need makes it almost prohibitive to grow indoors away from a window. In a south window with supplemented light you might get away with it...but likely not with the oil content and great flavors you will get in season. Think about in season outdoor methods that might work for you...

Scott Reil

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