So, again, I was gone for a while while the boyfriend cared for my plants and it was like looking away from a baby for a second. Most of them grew like crazy. Some of my peppers got kinky stems because he wasn't rotating them, but I didn't want to overwhelm him with responsibilities.
I've named two of my plants--one of my tomatoes, and one of my basil. This basil is "The Monster" because even from a tiny seedling it grew faster and bigger than all of the others. Unfortunately, now it's really spindly. I looked up basil pruning, so I think I have a handle on it, I just wanted to throw out a photo and ask if it looks okay. I checked the roots before I left and they still looked great, but it's flopping over a little at the top. I just want to know that I haven't done any permanent harm by not pruning it before now.
None of my thai basil are anywhere near this size--the biggest is maybe four and a half inches tall. But one of them is developing a bud right in the middle of the central stalk, and I don't know if I should go ahead and cut it off or wait and see if it gets a little height first.
I'm sure most of you recall that I had some problems with discoloration/wilting that I thought might be thrips at first. The problem has continued and I had to throw out a lot of plants that just got too bad to save, but some have dry brown and black spots and are managing to grow anyway--and I've noticed it doesn't usually happen to plants that are close together, which leads me to believe that it probably is just too darn cold in here at night.
I keep the heat on all the time, trying to maintain the temperature, but the dang thing just keeps blowing cold air when I need it to be warm, and it's running up our power bill. Thank goodness it's finally warming up outside. :/