Those of you who garden, tell me what is wrong with my herbs!
Okay. So, I have a fairly good green thumb. I taught my mother how to not kill every plant she touches and I can bring some plants back seemingly from the dead. I've never had a problem growing things.
But I can not. Grow. Herbs. It's ALWAYS something. I planted a herb box this summer - a big old wooden peaches box. It has basil, another basil species, chives, rosemary, oregano. It did have cilantro, but that died right away. I DID try growing from seed, but only a few basil from all the plants I started made it. I also have a mint box, which is much easier to manage because mint is incredibly tenacious.
It started with a basil rot. A fungus that attacks basil. I ripped out the basil, stuck it in its own pot and nursed it back to health. Then I killed my rosemary somehow. Then the OTHER basil got basil rot. Then my mint got ravished by spider mites (I lost all of y spearmint, and all but a teeensy sprig of Chocolate mint). I finally managed to get the box stable and it FLOURISHED. It thrived so well, I was so excited. All summer I had SO MANY herbs.
Now that I'm back at school, I brought my herbs with me and put them in a sunny windowsill... And they all started to wither and die! Upon investigation, I discovered not only a NASTY infestation of spider mites (Time to get some Mite-X) but some weird white fungus! It's on the underside of my chives (which are not in good health) and all over the leaves that have fallen to the dirt, and near the roots of my Oregano, which is doing the best of all of them.
A picture is attached. WHAT IS IT? How do I get rid of it?! I have a brand new container to plant them into with fresh soil (actually it's a big horse grooming tote with holes drilled in it. Perfect for transporting!). I plan to root the plants and wash them before transplanting, but I want to know before I do.
Also, I don't have *quite* enough new soil for the new container. Would it be okay to use some from the older container if I bake it to kill the mites/fungus, and then mix it into the good new soil?
Thanks if you have any insight. It's Autumn, so I can't just keep going to replace the herbs I kill off - the garden center has stopped ordering herbs! I want some to last the winter!