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JokerXL says:

My kitchen-windowsill-eternal-basil usually lasts about a week, half in the pasta and the rest in the "green-bin" after it's turned yellow.

5th Aug 2006, 13:30

Euphro says:

That's what usually happens with us, too. I don't understand this one. We've had it at least a month and probably two :)

5th Aug 2006, 13:34

Steve says:

5 days max is all I manage :(

5th Aug 2006, 15:07

Caine says:

Golly. My potted basil goes for years.

5th Aug 2006, 19:10

Euphro says:

What is your secret?

5th Aug 2006, 19:18

Caine says:

I don't think I have one. I let it grow all nice and big outside until just before the temps get too cold (the plants are usually 2.5 to 3 feet tall), transplant them into 5 gallon buckets and haul them inside. They are generally in low-quality soil and get water when they start to wilt. Mine flower inside over winter, and just generally thrive.

There is an old myth about basil leaves turning into scorpions, so maybe scorpios just have good luck with basil? :D

5th Aug 2006, 19:26

Euphro says:

The ones I usually see are much smaller than that. Lovely story about the scorpios/scorpions. I'm on the cusp of scorpio and I've been looking after it for the past three weeks so pehaps that is it :D

5th Aug 2006, 19:31

Caine says:

The myths surround sweet basil, and start with the name basil. "One rather unlikely theory is that it is shortened from basilisk, a fabulous creature that could kill with a look. This theory may be based on a strange old superstition that connected the plant with scorpions. Parkinson tells us that 'being gently handled it gives a pleasant smell, but being hardly wrung and bruised would breed scorpions. It is also observed that scorpions doe much rest and abide under these pots and vessells wherein Basil is planted.' It was generally believed that if a sprig of Basil were left under a pot it would in time turn to a scorpion. Superstition went so far as to affirm that even smelling the plant might bring a scorpion into the brain.

Culpepper says: 'Being applied to the place bitten by venomous beasts, or stung by a wasp or hornet, it speedily draws the poison to it. - Every like draws its like. Mizaldus affirms, that being laid to rot in horse dung, it will breed venomous beasts. Hilarius, a French physician, affirms upon his own knowledge, that an acquaintance of his, by common smelling to it, had a scorpion breed in his brain.'
- A Modern Herbal by Mrs. M. Grieve.

Neat, isn't it? :D

5th Aug 2006, 20:17

Euphro says:

Thank you very much :D That is wonderful. I love this sort of stuff. The closest we get to scorpions around our basil is the odd earwig that hides under the pot :)

Sometimes there is a grain of truth in these old ideas, if you can winkle it out. I wonder what "Scorpion in the brain" actually means: a tumour perhaps, or some sort of seizure. Hey ho, hey ho, a googling we go :D

5th Aug 2006, 21:08

Euphro says:

Well, I never, what about that! :D

5th Aug 2006, 21:10

Caine says:

Amazing! That is wonderful, especially as glioma survival rates are abysmal.

5th Aug 2006, 21:17

Euphro says:

I know, that's how my poor mother died.

5th Aug 2006, 21:19

Caine says:

Oh, I'm so sorry, E.

5th Aug 2006, 21:38

Euphro says:

Thank you. It's five years ago now, which I find hard to believe. Just one of those things, really, a glioma. They didn't know where it came from and couldn't do much with it. I loved my mother, and we had a very straightforward relationship, so that side of things, the grieving, was very simple. I miss her a lot, but the way I lost her makes me live life to the full and I no longer care or worry about material things. People are what is important :)

5th Aug 2006, 21:44

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