How my little trip for herbs turned into a disaster at home.
It's gotta be too much heat coupled with hormones or something, I don't usually let little things get to me like this but.. Man, I am so dissapointed/annoyed/frustrated I've almost teared up. We went to the store and to my great excitement there were a couple of new herbs to their old stock! The local supermarket that I favor tends to have a very wide selection of herbs, including several unusual (to me) varities of regular things. After wandering back and forth several times I picked out a happy looking 'Spicy Basil' (i.e Greek Basil), an equally bushy Italian Oregano and the prize.. 'Siam Queen' Basil, a thai basil variety that smelled distinctly of anise/licorice with huge purple flowers. It was pretty leggy and sparsely leafed, but I couldn't resist. When I got home, strike one was discovering that the Siam Queen was dying/dead and just didn't know it. Since the supermarket treats all plants the same, it had been watered profusely which apparently combined with the extremely way too small pot to give it some kind of rot from the roots on up. But no biggie, right? I cut the stems that were still healthy well above the parts gone bad and put the pot aside. But then I went to get my last bag of soil to fill my one empty pot with.. Earwigs. Earwigs, earwigs, earwigs big and small and just INFESTATION. In my SOIL. Not enough to take over the house or even the yard, but a big enough family that I now know why my little earwig trap wasn't stopping things from chewing on my plants. They. Were. In. My. SOIL. I dumped the whole bag since I don't know if there were eggs inside or not. Hopefully the SQ cuttings will grow roots in their temporary home of a water filled wine glass (I need vases badly), but wether they do or don't I'm going back tomorrow to find a healthy specimen. And I'm gonna get a new bag of dirt and duct tape that sucker into complete security from the blasted bugs. Add to this an army of other small bad things and I just can't wait for today to be over with already.