Faulty Basil Seeds?


John Cleese as Basil Fawlty

As an apartment dweller my horticultural endeavors are severely limited by space. However I do like to grow a few herbs in my conservatory, otherwise known as a windowsill. Two Sundays ago I planted some parsley and some basil. Both seed packages informed me that I should see some action in seven to fourteen days. I water my crops as required and sure enough on about the eighth or ninth day up sprung the parsley. Sadly the same cannot be said of the basil.

It is a fact that throughout culinary history no one has ever said “tastes fine, but it needs more parsley”

I understand that not every seed is a grower, but is it normal for an entire package to yield nothing? Not a Rathbone nor a Hume! I don’t think it was anything I did, in fact I went so far as to say a few prayers at our local Basilica. But still nothing. I have to think my basil was Fawlty from the get-go.

I would be less disappointed had the failed crop been the parsley which, let’s face it, is more a garnish than an herb. It is a fact that throughout culinary history no one has ever said “tastes fine, but it needs more parsley”. Whereas basil can make or break your homemade pizza and it is a lovely aromatic plant.

Alas I fear I shall have to replant the east 40 with another batch of basil seeds. If these guys don’t produce I don’t know what I’ll do. I mean it’s not like I can just walk to the store and … wait a minute …


DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

5 thoughts on “Faulty Basil Seeds?

  1. I would like to defend the parsley, it is not just a garnish! It can also be used as a breath freshener. After a garlicky, basil and tomatoe pasta dish chew on a sprig of parsley and voulà, fresh kissable breath!

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