November of 2011, I received my sweet basil seeds that I ordered from United Kingdom’s ebay seller. At first I was so doubtful whether the basil seeds that I bought will not germinate given that the weather condition in my location is far different from the region where the seeds came from.
Though afraid that I may not be able to grow my own basil plant, but still I managed to sow the seeds in my prepared seed bed that was comprised of 20% composted organic materials, 40% vermicastings and 40% sterilized soil.
“You will grow like my other plants in this garden and you will add beauty to the life of all creations…” I uttered this phrase like a spell as I sprinkle the tiny black basil seeds.
Then two weeks later, I noticed that there are so many little plants that covered my seed bed. Those miniature plants look like the common weed of my garden that I spent months to get rid of. It was very tempting for me to “exterminate” the young plants but on the other hand, I was thinking that what if it is a basil plant? I know that I sterilized the soil well of my seed bed and I was so confident that it is free from any form of weeds. But possibilities were just around the corner and series of “what if’s” were just lurking around me to either make or break my venture to grow a sweet basil plant.
Amidst all fears and doubts, everything has ended well to my advantage, thus, the pictures below show how lucky I am to have my first sweet basil plants!