I try to recycle most things to help the environment and because I can't bear wasting anything. The basil plants in ice-cream containers above are prime examples. A couple of months ago I wanted a sweet basil plant for my herb garden but for some reason single plants weren't available anywhere in my area so I purchased a punnet which had 20 small seedlings. Not wanting to let the leftover plants die I found a use for the ice-cream containers I had been saving for quite a long time and, after giving some potted basil away and planting a few in my garden, I potted the rest into all eleven containers. Since then they have grown prolifically.
During the summer heat wave the plants were suffering so I moved them into the shade-cloth covered vegie garden and they are thriving. They have flowers growing but I haven't pinched them off because they can be used the same as the leaves in cooking. Having so much basil has been great as I can make pesto on demand and take one of the potted plants into the kitchen to use then return it to the garden to grow more leaves. I love sweet basil because it's so versatile with it culinary and medicinal uses.
Proprietor, author, and tutor of The Home Herbalist Online Course.