It’s true, basil thrives in hot, dry conditions that make other plants – even heat- and drought-resistant plants wilt.
It’s going to be 109 degrees tomorrow – what I think is our 70th day above 100 degrees and a new all-time record. The grass looks like hay. The spring veggie garden is long-perished. The bare bones of milkweed plants stand in clumps along the fence. Huge black cracks are forming in the ground, with small sections giving way to darkness below. It is a terrible sight out there.
Yet the two basil plants I have are loving life. As you can see, they’re bushy and full of aromatic, delectable basil leaves. There’s enough for us to use fresh throughout the season without worrying about hurting the plants. In fact, the more we use, the more it grows. I continue to pick the top leaves off of the plants. By doing so, I keep the plant from flowering and going to seed. This ensures that the plant will continue to focus energy on producing more leaves and keeps the oils in the leaves at a higher concentration. I water this box every few days and the marjoram really prefers the shade offered by the basil bushes.