|growing basil - tips at BHG|
On my last trip, as we were smelling herbs, she whipped through and poof! presented me with a basil plant from her clippings. I love love love fresh herbs. My "new" basil plant makes me want to start a real garden, though for me it probably means simple, small, in-doors (see last picture below). Whatever type of garden you prefer (or can handle), from simple to quirky to over-the-top, I say just do it. The act of planting, growing and using the herbs (or other vegetation, if you are more ambitious) from your own garden is well. . . sublime. My Dad, too, is a good grower of things as he grew up on a farm and ranch learning to cultivate crops. It's in my blood. But hasn't always taken hold. I can keep some things alive, but alas, my previous herb garden didn't last (though I loved it so). See here. Now here's hoping my thumb turns green. xx - m.m.
For even more garden (herbs and more) inspiration, listen to this story on Thomas Jefferson's garden at Monticello. Wow!