A lot of bad words were said today and the ones I didn't spew I just thought. Every single one I know, I used either out loud or silently.
The basil has downy mildew. The picture on the left was taken YESTERDAY. We should have enough to fill a bathtub. Gone in two days.
Son. of. a...
This is going to require a lot of diet Mountain Dew. I might even spray it on the plants. I think I will. Maybe vanilla Oreos can help them too. It's the crutch I'll be using for the next month.
Just last night on #seedchat I tweeted...
about how basil can grow from seed to harvest in 3 weeks during warm weather. I have never been so thankful for social media. I am breathing again but I might still puke. More chemical crutches would be needed if that conversation had not sparked that memory.
You see, some varieties of basil don't get downy mildew. In 3 weeks I can have basil! Not the Genovese, but still basil. The light-headedness has not completely cleared, but maybe by tomorrow when the seeds arrive, the dizziness will fade.
We also have a great crop of African Blue Basil. With some nitrogen and some hedge clippers, I believe we will have that to use in a couple days.
It's not the end of the world. Ha! Who am I kidding? This is a challenge that will be hard to overcome. I will miss this basil like a family member. I could give up my furniture and miss it less than this basil.