I used old bunny litter that I was keeping for fertilizer, and bunny's old cage for the actual container. The cage top will keep the arsehole squirrels from digging them all up. Things were going perfectly as I was mixing the bunny litter and soil, everything looked great.
But, then I discovered that I didn't have enough soil, and neither the dollar store or the grocery store downtown has any at this late point in the season. So, I just went without. Now, trying to get the basil out of the aquarium and into the cage, I think that's where I went all wrong. Let's just say, it looks dreadful. The plants are flopping, and I accidentally squished one while putting the cage top on it.
I'm hoping the spirit of dead bunny litter and beginner's luck pulls a miracle, here. If not, I know where I went wrong, and it has been awesome knowing that I got at least this far with success, and I'll be able to do it again some other year, either a better summer, or. . . Kid, I'm stealing your glorious direct-sun-all-day backyard. Or. . . Mom and Dad? I'm stealing some land in your front yard. You guys might get p****d, but you are getting too old to fight me. :P