Last week I wrote about the wind blowing the basil covering off. The thin covering helps protect the plants when they are young. This is important because it means we can harvest basil a lot longer, getting more out of the planting, and so it adds tremendously to the value of the crop. The wind around here can be pretty brutal. At the end of the article, I asked if any of the members coming up for last Sunday’s Strawberry Day would be interested in helping me put the covers back up. I got great helping hands from the Albany site Hosts and the Cumberland hosts. I was very happy to get the torn covering clipped on to the hoops, but the greater joy came from having these longtime members and hosts playing in the basil field with me.