In the first week of December, things went well for everything in the tent… except for the basil. Something has gone terribly wrong!
A Mass Basilcide
I came downstairs one morning to see that the fan that usually blows air into the tent had not come on, and that humidity was 100% in the tent – all the plants’ leaves were covered in water droplets and I think this may have caused the mass basilcide. I think the water droplets on the leaves may have magnified the light coming down from the COBs and blasted the basil, but the thing that doesn’t agree with this theory is that the tomatoes, which are taller, seemed to come out nearly unscathed. Some of the tomato leaves are a bit crunchy now, but I think they’ll be fine. The basil, on the other hand, will be touch and go.
The other thing I was thinking is that regardless of that one massive humidity swing, maybe the basil is getting too much light, as they were getting fairly close to the COBs. Maybe they’re just a bunch of punks that talk a big game but can’t take real light.
The final theory I have is that it got too cold in the tent for the basil. It can dip down to 15 degrees in there when it gets cold outside (it’s been around -20C here the past couple days). I can’t see this temperature being a real problem though, as it’s like that outdoors Spring and Fall. Ever seen basil that looks like the pictures below? Any other ideas?
Changes to the Lights & Shelves
As the plants are getting taller and will need transplants into bigger containers soon, I decided to lower my top plant shelf to make more space between the plants and the lights above. I’ve split the lights up as well – 2 on the top, and 2 on the bottom. This should help lessen the intensity of the light falling on the more sensitive herbs… I will continue to water using organic, gender-neutral water as well.
The Top Shelf
The Bottom Shelf
The Plot Twist of the Century
Remember Billy? The little rosemary that could? Get this. He has a roommate. This lazy little idiot decided to pop up this week and scrounge around for some light and food. I think I’m going to try and dig him out before he roots too deeply and throw him in his own cup!