I did it. I confess. I took a thriving, healthy little basil that was gifted to me and I killed it. A slow, sad death in my backyard.
See, what happened was that I was gifted a basil plant from my friends down the street. I was so excited to get the basil, that I immediately went and got some soil and replanted it in a beautiful pot outside my back porch. I put it where it could get lots of sun, because it’s a plant and don’t plants need lots of sun? Well for a few weeks my basil was growing like crazy, we put fresh basil on everything because I had so much of it. (I even tried basil infused water, not recommended). I was so proud every evening when I cut off some basil to flavor our dishes.
Then several weeks in I started noticing the leaves looked a little wilty so I watered it. Then the rains came and it got a ton of water and started looking worse, the leaves were turning black. So I moved the basil to the porch because I thought it was getting too much water. Then I called my mom because her plants ALWAYS look amazing. HELP! How do I save my basil? Too late, basil was dead and I was sad and my dinners were not nearly as flavorful.
I told this story to a couple of friends and their response was, ok, it’s $3, go get another one. That’s all well and good but I still don’t know how to grow a basil so the next $3 basil plant will suffer the same fate.
Why did you just have to read through the tragic story of my sad basil plant? Because, how often do we start something without any idea of how to actually grow it consistently, over time? How can we do better by the basil plant and starting a new project/business/relationship?
A better way to start a project:
I hope that my dead basil story was beneficial to you as you begin any new project this summer, this year.
What do you want to start? How can I help?
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