SATURDAY: I pleaded for help on twitter.
Something had cut down multiple basil seedlings. Kathy Jentz with Washington Gardener suggested cutworms might be to blame.
In the evening hours between my original post and Kathy’s reply, another two basil seedlings were sliced down.
TUESDAY: Today, two days after scattering the elixir, the basil STANDS!!!
My original tiny basil sprouts have three new tiny buddies and none have been cut down since sprinkling the cutworm kryptonite.