Basil

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Garden | Posted on 28-04-2011

The tiny green leaves have barely broken the surface. Rich black potting soil still sits on the baby leaves like a top hat. So much hope! Gardening offers such great rewards. These basil seeds have only been in that rich soil for a short time and yet I have so many plans for them.

I can already picture myself heading out to the garden, the sun to my back, a basket in one hand to gather the day’s rewards. The plants covered with droplets of water from that afternoon’s rain and the air has that wonderful earthy and clean scent from a fresh fallen shower. Oh the possibilities once I return to the house. Will it be pesto and homemade egg noodles? How about tomato sauce with that fresh basil and some garlic atop ricotta stuffed ravioli? Or better yet slices of vine-ripened tomatoes stacked on top of mozzarella freshly made that morning and sprinkled with basil? The tomatoes are currently nestled snuggly in the windowsill next door to the basil. My mouth is salivating just thinking of these yummy creations.

While a kind family member came and tilled our garden last week I have yet to plant anything outside. Our weather has been anything but ideal. I fear that if I put something in the ground now it would just rot or wash away with the inches of rain that we’ve received. The weeds are trying to stake their claim on that freshly tilled earth, but I will be out there soon, garden hoe in hand to wage war on those weeds and make a happy home for all of my lovely vegetables.

 

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