Help with basil
First post here. I have a lot of questions I'll be posting over the next few weeks, but thought I'd start with this one. I've been googling for help almost daily and almost always end up on this forum, so I finally just joined it.
I'm trying to grow a bunch of basil so we can make pesto and am experimenting with different kinds and locations. I think I have about 6 outdoor pots I planted in, and another 6 or so indoor starter pots I put in the kitchen window. Also put a couple in corners of my beds where I thought there would be enough room. All of the seeds seem to have come up, but they don't seem to be growing. They emerged a week or two ago and are still just a tiny seedling with 2 leaves. No change in height or foliage. I tried thinning in a couple of the pots down to just a couple sprouts, put a small amount of fertilzer in a couple (obviously too strong since the sprouts in those 2 containers immediately died). Some get a lot of water, some less. If anything though, I'd say they are getting overwatered. Some are in bagged potting soil, some are in a garden soil mix I brought in for my raised bed gardens from a local supplier this spring. I have a combination of Sweet, Genovese, and Thai basil.
Is basil just really slow growing, am I being too inpatient, or should I be supplementing them somehow? I'm actually having the exact same problem with my vine plants (pumpkins, melons, squash). They popped up out of the ground about 3 weeks ago and then just seemed to stop growing. Now they are looking sick and yellowing. I'm hoping it is too much water because we've had a lot of rain the past couple of weeks and everything is saturated. I know the soil is good because I tested it before I had it hauled in and it is new this year.