It's so cold here I'm still wearing my fleece!! The last couple of years I've had trouble getting basil seeds to germinate in the garden. I've been blaming the crows because they wait until my pea seeds sprout and then they dig them up, eat the seed and drop the sprout on the ground. Crows are smart. I thought they were getting my basil seeds, too. Turns out I was wrong about that!
I just read that basil seeds need the night temperature to be consistently at 50 degrees in order for them to sprout. Here we are at June 14th and we've only just now had one week of consistent night temperatures above fifty!!! So, I'll be planting my basil and the crows are excused!!!!