lemon basil

I live in a tropical country where sun shines 365 days a year. And I have never grown anything my whole life. Weird? Not really. I am what you would call, a plant killer. Anything I touched would wilt and die tragically – I am referring to flora species only here. Although not specifically limited to that, I can add tortoises, gold fish, koi, iguana, etc. 

I would love very much to have herb garden. Whenever I feel like cooking something, I can just step out to the front yard and yank some plants out and I would be on my way. Wouldn’t that be marvelous? 

I did try some packaged seeds with no avail. About a month ago, Pai bought too much lemon basil and without much thinking I grabbed 5 bunches. I walked out to the garden and just sticked them into a potted moist dirt. The next week, Pai told me that we have flourishing lemon basil plants! 

Lemon basil is used a lot in Indonesian cooking. I will feature more of these dishes later. Definitely. I am too excited about this. I have mint, parsley and coriander on the way. Let’s see whether they survive. 

*fingers crossed*

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13 Responses to “Herb Garden 101 : Lemon Basil”

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    mysimplefood — December 8, 2008 @ 3:57 pm

    Hi!! All the best! I hope you have a flourishing herb garden. I was in Dallas for a few months and I started a little garden too to get Chilli padi… :)

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    _ts of [eatingclub] vancouver — December 8, 2008 @ 9:59 pm

    Teehee, this is funny. :D

    (I still have your Thanksgiving 24, 24, 24 post bookmarked and have yet to read through it!)

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    mycookinghut — December 8, 2008 @ 10:31 pm

    Good luck!! All my herbs never grown more than 1 month… blame the weather in London! I don’t have a greenhouse :( I wish I could have a garden and plant all herbs that I love cos sometimes, I buy from supermarket but end up never finish but throw them away when they are off :(

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    Alice — December 9, 2008 @ 1:53 am

    What a great idea, I just bought a packet of fresh basil, thinking how nice if I can plant it myself. Hope to hear some good news from you before I start planting some! Tks!

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    noobcook — December 9, 2008 @ 5:22 am

    woah they look great! U definitely have green fingers! hehe…

    U should grow more herbs since you have a nice garden hehe .. good luck! I’m sure they will do well =)

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    Jun — December 9, 2008 @ 4:50 pm

    Seriously, I need a chili plant too. With the price going up everyday and the way we cook, it would be great to have some. I have one in our new house. I am definitely keeping that one!

    _ts of [eatingclub] vancouver,
    Hahaha I amazed myself.

    Exactly! I never finish my herbs too – I did try freezing but they ended up weird, mushy and darkish in color.

    It might work. If the stems are still green, I reckon you can just stick them in dirt.

    I am quite sure I don’t have green fingers … I envy you for growing those vegetables!

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    lisaiscooking — December 9, 2008 @ 6:04 pm

    Good luck with your garden! I struggle with my herb garden year round. Too hot and dry in the summer, not enough sun in the winter.

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    banana blossom — December 9, 2008 @ 8:50 pm

    Your pot of lemon basil looks happy and healthy. Good luck with your herb garden-you are in the best place to grown them. When your herb garden is flourished, I will move next door to you! :)

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    elin — December 10, 2008 @ 7:17 am

    It’s convenient to have a herb garden. Especially if one likes cooking :) That’s a healthy looking pot of lemon basil…you have green fingers I would say:)

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    didally — December 11, 2008 @ 10:24 am

    My basil had died on me. I might just start again. I love having access to fresh herbs when I cook. I love the photos you take. =)

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    Pepy — December 12, 2008 @ 9:14 pm

    I am totally jealous, you can grow lemon basil.. I barely can find lemon basil at the market here.

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    lk — December 13, 2008 @ 4:14 pm

    Since I started to learn cooking, I have discovered the beauty of fresh herbs. But I am too lazy to do all the gardening works as it really needs a lot of time and patience. Somemore, my little one has itchy hands so I dun think the plants can survive under his “supervision”. Hehehe!

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    Maggie — January 11, 2009 @ 12:09 am

    Good luck, we have 6 inches of snow on the ground and I miss my vegetable garden tremendously.

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