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Parsley, chives sprouting after thaw -- green thumb advice needed!

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Parsley, chives sprouting after thaw -- green thumb advice needed!

Icabod | Mar 17, 2011 04:29 AM

I let a window box with parsley, basil and chives sit uncovered through a cold, snowy winter in Brooklyn. Lately, I've noticed the parsley and especially the chives have started to grow again. The basil is dead.

Should I let the parsley and chives keep growing without replacing them or doing anything to the dirt? If so, can I dig out the soil where the basil used to be and plant something new without damaging the rest?

The window gets about seven hours of full sunlight in the summer. It's in a southeast-facing window that's shaded part of the day by the building next door. Any advice on what to grow instead of basil this time? Last summer's crop didn't have a ton of flavor--I'm guessing the spot is less-than-ideally sunny to grow basil.

You can probably tell from these questions I'm an expert gardener (ha!) but I could use some advice. Thanks!

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