Good basil, bad basil
EAT YOUR VEGETABLES: Maryann James posts on vegetable gardening every Tuesday.
One seedling was grown from seed indoors (perhaps because its planter was impatient to start growing things) and another sown outdoors, once it was warm enough. One seedling grew tall and spindly, the other grew squat and dense.
Which one survived once they were transplanted to its final container, nestled next to my robust tomato seedling?
The short one, of course.
This tale of two seedlings is a cautionary tale for those of you who are planting from seed. Spindly seedlings (like my sad, doomed one above, at right) are more likely to meet an untimely end because they got a bad start -- "leggy seedlings" are a sign of insufficient light and/or too much heat or fertilizer.
However, if you're like me and are already down the leggy seedling road, there may be some hope. Try planting your spindly seedlings deep. And pray on it.