Posted by Newt on June 17, 2002 at 13:38:23:
In Reply to: container herbs posted by jennifer on June 09, 2002 at 17:20:35:
: I am in Houston, Tx. and would like to transplant my basil that was started from seeds. I have an old washtub which is fairly large and was wondering if it would be wise to sepatate the dense plants and space out in this washtub. The washtub does not have holes but I can use drainage rocks in the bottom and/or punch holes in the tub if necessary (although I really would prefer not to). I also have access to cow manure, how much of a mix between potting soil and manure is optimun? Any tips greatly appreciated.
Go ahead and plant in your washtub. I would suggest you allow at least 4" or more for drainage. What you need to worry about is a heavy rain that would be trapped and keep the roots constantly wet. If you can, put screening or landscape cloth over the rocks to keep the soil from washing down into the rocks.
You will need to space the individual plants according to the directions on the seed packet.
As for the cow manure, make sure it is aged at least one year. Mix about 3 parts potting soil to one part aged manure and you should be fine.
Don't forget to pinch your plants to keep them full.