Well, you know, pride goeth before a fall and all that -- after all of my horticultural nose-thumbing of the last couple of years at poor O-Docker, who resides in an area which is apparently less conducive to basil than my own Brooklyn abode, karma finally boomeranged properly - it just was a sort of dissappointing year for my basil crop. It was my own fault entirely, in the past I had planted seeds early & then gotten impatient & added seedlings, and then I always had the feeling that it was the seedlings that ended up producing most. So this year, I just did seedlings - turned out that the seeds HAD been coming up & contributing after all, and going the seedlings-only route, I dunno, it just looked sparse all summer.
I mean, look, isn't that just pathetic? Hardly enough to bother with.
I did go ahead & pick it today - it's the end of the season now, it's not going to miraculously get to the lushness of last year's crop.
Next year, I'll go back to starting with seeds, and supplementing with seedlings as necessary.