Winter Basil/Heat Cables?
Basil has been a good seller for me at both markets. I am thinking it might be worth it to grow, if possible, through the winter, with heat cables if necessary?
We get about 5-10 frosts per year, just a few hours at ground surface only. Average lows are 44f. Day length is 10 hours at the shortest with more sun than clouds by far.
Does anyone think basil could be grown in these conditions and with or without heat in a cold frame?
I thought about growing it in black bags in a cold frame against a southern wall, or with buried cables. I think the cables for 72 degress F are about 120 watts per 40'and two would get me about 90-100 square feet which could grow enough basil. Might even just try fewer square feet the first year if electricity is needed. I can grow it on my seed starting tables under plastic, which have the heat cables but are more exposed to the elements than against a south facing wall, so don't get as much of a passive boost.
What pitfalls to look out for? Aphids, mold anything like that. Would people likely want basil in the winter? I won't have tomatoes which seem to push basil, but other growers will have greenhouse tomatoes year round.
Anyone finding a good trade off with heat cables on any other crop?