The Man-Eating Basil Plant! Sort Of.

Grow herbs in hanging pots for instant kitchen-ready flavor - Camping For Foodies .com
Grow herbs in hanging pots for instant kitchen-ready flavor – Camping For Foodies .com

“Green Thumb” has never been my nickname.  As a matter of fact, my plants usually look their best the day I pick them up from my favorite garden center.  That is…Until The Man-Eating Basil Plant arrived! Psst we’re compensated…see our disclosures.

Well, that’s not exactly how it happened.  Turn back time about a year.  On weekend camping trips we would escape the 100+ temps for a few days but our plants would not.  So, we decided to hire a very polite and eager neighbor kid to water our potted plants when we were out of town because they would fry in just a day without water in that excruciating heat.  Apparently, my husband and I failed to explain that we wanted our plants watered but not our windows.  Nonetheless, we kept our neighbor kid’s bubble gum fund financially secure.

One day our neighbor kid’s family decided to move and we were left to deal with our potted plants on our own once again.  So, I asked my husband, “Why can’t you put dripper lines on our potted plants and just hook them up to the auto sprinkler system?”  I will admit, it was pretty-much a rhetorical question.  He was reluctant at first, but then succumbed to the latest Honey-Do-List request…and then…life changed…for every single one of our potted plants (and hanging baskets)…FOREVER!

So, now we have 3 Man-Eating Basil Plants!  Not to mention a boatload of chives, sage and rosemary.  (As an aside, I love combining herbs with flowers in pots!  My thought: If you are going to go through all that trouble, you better be able to eat something at the end of the chore!)  Suffice it to say, it’s time to come up with a recipe that requires an enormous amount of basil.  And if that’s not realistic (which I sort of know it’s not) it’s time to come up with countless recipes that require reasonable amounts of it.

My windows look a lot better without the overspray from our polite and eager former neighbor kid.  And, I’m happy my family is full of basil fanatics!  It’s time to get to work on my next basil-based camp recipes.  I’ll keep you posted on my progress. 

Got suggestions?  I’d love to hear them!

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    1. Kim Hanna says:

      Yes, yes, yes! Will do my favorite and post it, would welcome your favorite too!

  1. I wish I had this problem! I never have enough fresh basil and hate using dried!

    1. Kim Hanna says:

      I agree, I always prefer fresh herbs! Wish me luck, I have a full harvest that is waiting to be used!