Hi, my name is Carrie and I am a basil killer. My trouble with basil began back when I began cooking. Basil is such a nice ingredient to have around and who doesn't like pesto? So I decided I needed FRESH basil for my cooking. I started small... A packet of basil from the grocery store every once in a while. Those bad boys cost about $3 a pack and I felt guilty using an entire package for one night's worth of pesto. But it got worse. I would save a small portion of the small package thinking I could use it for garnishes and instead I would forget about it in the fridge and my sad fistful of basil would wilt and die. Then I thought, let's go to the source and buy those happy little basil plants they sell at the grocery store! Oh the carnage... I would bring the plants home and put them in a vase of water and watch them die. Half the time I wouldn't even have a chance to harvest one time before the sad little plant would kick the bucket. So last year I moved on to buying a full on plant from Lowe's to plant in the garden. The garden was a raging success and life was good. I would go out at random and happily pluck the leaves as needed. Sometimes as I gardened I would snap off a leaf and snack on it. Oh the fruits of my labor. So this year I eagerly went to Lowe's to buy my basil plant so that once again I could have a summer of delicious basil with a side of triumph. I laid the plant out in a nice sunny spot in the front yard and went on my merry way. This is Mother's Day weekend this weekend, so I was in no rush to transplant because this weekend is the traditional planting weekend in our neck of the woods. In fact this year, I'm feeling even more ambitious so I want to have my herb garden separate from my vegetable garden. I bought some terra cotta this weekend and spent the day transplanting all my herbs into the new pots. When I got to the basil, what did I find? It had been eaten down to the point that only a few stalks survived! I know what you are thinking: rabbits, deer? But no. This was not the work of a wild animal. Nope, our outdoor cat Milo has decided basil and dill are delicious. So I replanted the sad remains of my basil and dill and only time will tell if I get anything for my efforts. Sometimes I think basil and I just weren't meant to be. He's an intimidating beast, no?