Basil is a fragrant and delicious herb. It is easy to grow in a temperate or sub-tropical climate.
Full sun – partial shade
Spring – early autumn
Well drained soils
Temperate and sub-tropical climates
6-8 weeks after sowing
Basil is quick growing herb, that is easy to grow from seed, or propagate from cuttings.
- Encourage bushy growth by pinching out the tips of plants as they grow,
- Remove any flowers as they start to grow to prolong the growing season.
- Harvest leaves regularly to encourage growth and keep leaves tender.
- Feed basil regularly to promote healthy growth.
- Sweet basil
- Purple basil
- Thai basil
- Cinnamon basil
- Minette basil
How to Use Basil
After harvesting basil at the end of the growing season you can dry it in a dehydrator, by hanging bunches, or between sheets of paper.
You can also make fragrant oil or vinegar, or use it to make pesto.
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