Fenton Friday: Pinching the Basil

This week in the community garden plot, the big news was two huge rainstorms on Monday and Thursday that dumped an inch (or more) in a half-hour. Both storms meant I didn’t have to water this week, but the added water and high heat, the weeds are growing at an alarming rate. I did a bit of weeding, but really need to set aside a day to do a lot more.

The basils are all looking great and I pinched out any flowers and the top growth in order to make the plants grow bushier rather than taller.

The rest of my herbs are all doing well in a big pot and tucked in various containers around my home garden. I need to cut some this week for hanging and drying them. The lavender flowers are already cut where they were fresh and I hope they keep their color well this year.

What is growing in your edible garden this week?

About Fenton Friday: Every Friday during the growing season, I’ll be giving you an update on my community garden plot at the Fenton Street Community Garden just across the street from my house in zone 7 Mid-Atlantic MD/DC border. I’m plot #16. It is a 10 ft x 20 ft space and this is our 8th year in the garden. (It opened in May 2011.) See past posts about our edible garden by putting “Fenton” into the Search box above.

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