Most people that I know have a few hobbies. I, on the other hand, am a different story. My wife, Jan, playfully teases me and says I'm addicted to taking up new pastimes. I hate to admit it, but she may be right. For a while, I was really into cooking. That phase passed, and then I took an interest in building model airplanes.
However, despite how many hobbies have come and gone, there is one that has remained part of my life ever since we moved a few years ago: gardening. To me, there is something so peaceful about being outdoors and harvesting veggies and herbs I've grown.
Although, I have a lot of friends who prefer purchasing small plants and sowing them directly into the ground, I prefer taking a different approach. Many people may call me overambitious, but I like to grow my herbs and vegetables from seeds. But, lately, I've been running into a problem. My basil seedlings have been dying!
I found this to be very upsetting for a couple different reasons. One was because I spent a lot of money buying seeds and gardening materials and two, because I spent so much time trying to make sure my herbs were healthy.
I decided to start doing some research to see if I could find the reasons why this was happening. After a little searching, I came across an article called Damping Off Disease, which is the name for any fungus producing ailments. This disease kills seedlings before they have had a chance to fully develop.
But, thankfully, the article I read provided a solution to preventing this disease and that was to make sure your seeds have plenty of air circulation. One of the easiest ways to ensure this happens is to keep an electric fan near where they are growing.
I've been following this advice for a few weeks now with some new basil seedlings I bought, and I have to admit, my tiny plants look better than ever. I always knew that electric fans could cool us off, but I never knew they would help keep my herbs alive!
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