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    Default Another basil going downhill ?

    Well I sowed this indoors and it came up a treat with big healthy leaves in the kitchen window. A few weeks later I noticed a few aphids (how did they get in a closed kitchen ?) and picked them off. Since then it has grown pathetically and distorted. There are no aphids on it.

    Any idea or again is it my magic touch ?

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    If I didn't know better I would suspect someone is wafting weed killer around your garden!
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    Well that isn't possible as it's a walled garden and I work from home and would spot any rouge weed killer culprits. Anyway, I grew this in the kitchen
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    I've never seen aphids take bites out of leaves,how's that happened? Is there a slug hiding under the pot in the hole? Are you watering everyday they like moist compost. Basil aphids are tiny have you checked in the tip of the new growth? If it has had an insect attack it would appreciate a feed for energy/nutrients. It looks like the main stem has been eaten where it's brown in the photo? There should be a point on the stem where you can pinch out the tip,then you can get two stems instead of one,to bush out the plant,you can do this continuously through growth. There's a good video on y0utube about pinching out basil tips.

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    Neighbours, wind drift, etc the possibilities are endless.
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    Like you said, perhaps a flea beetle or something as this happens to a lot of my plants. If it were weed killer they would all go down. I have always read that basil does NOT like much water, more dry arid. Pipa greenwood said they don't like to go to bed with wet feet.think of the climate they come from.
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    I remember being surprised at how lovely your garden looked when you posted a photo of it last year. I had expected to see a desolate wasteland what with so many posts about your failures. You must be doing something right to have such a nice garden. Why not grow more of the things that are working out for you and send us some pics when you do.

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    Nobody mentioned flea beetle it doesn't look like that at all. Flea beetles leave tiny holes in leaves,pin like. My basil plants,that have been growing for months on my windowsills enjoy a good drink everyday now,they don't go to bed with wet feet. I water the trays they're in sufficiently so they're not sitting in water for longer than a few minutes or whatever (I haven't timed it). I wouldn't let the compost dry out,they'll wilt.

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