So they are calling for some sort of 'major' winter weather event on Saturday. In October. In VA. This is not acceptable. I still have mountains of basil, plants loaded with eggplant, peppers in the garden, etc.
Maybe some of it will survive, but we all know the basil is a tender, temperamental plant. I think it is best to just rip it out of the ground and let it go ahead and fulfill it's Pesto Destiny. So that is what I did.
Bowls of pesto became ice cube trays of pesto, which are now tucked away in my freezer.