By Renee Adam
Here in Birmingham, Alabama, the temperatures continue to soar between 95 to 100 degrees. With Labor Day approaching, I am tired of this dry, hot weather and ready for fall. I think my garden is, too!
As I usually do over the weekend, I went out to look my garden over and get inspired for my next blog post, but I had trouble finding anything inspiring. I started to feel the way my tomato plants look. My tomatoes have long stringy vines, a few blooms left here and there, but for the most part they have done their job and want a rest. A few peppers are hanging on, barely. Cucumbers? Done. I had to remind myself to focus on the positive…look around and see the positive.
And then, there they were right in front of my eyes. I had let myself be so distracted by veggies on their way out that I hadn’t stopped to praise all my basil. Yeah for basil!
I’m growing three varieties of basil this year: Sweet, Boxwood, and Spicy Globe. I have to say, all of them have done so well. I am surely going to pick a lot this year to make pesto before the first frost comes, and freeze it to use over the winter. I make simple pesto by putting basil leaves and olive oil in my small food processor. Some cooks like to add garlic, but I prefer to add the garlic after I defrost.