Well, to tell you the truth, it is so easy that even a child can learn how to grow basil. Pity they don't like eating it!
Once grown, basil will last right into the winter months depending on what you do with it of course as I will mention shortly. I found that some types of basil needed more care and patience to grow than others. That just could be my own personal experience, but worth making a mention of.
The most common cultivars you will find around in garden centres and supermarkets are the sweet, the lemon, and the purple basil and they are the type I am writing about in this article, and no you can't just go out and buy it. May I remind you that you're here because you gotta know how to grow basil yourself! Right?
Where was I? Yes, it was the purple that didn't seem to do well from seed when I planted last year. The other two presented no problems apart from fungus gnats attacking them.
Have a go and try both these following indoor methods. You can grow it in water in a hydroponic unit or the conventional way in compost indoors at any time of the year.
I planted seeds in a medium seeding compost on 22nd of July 2017 and by 24th of August they had sprouted and grown to about 10 cm. The purple basil seeds did not germinate at all. I did have better success with them in the hydroponic unit but they still took a long time to get going, almost twice the time. Normally when I grow anything in this unit plants will grow at an incredible rate about 2/3 of the time it takes to grow in compost.
It will help if you check the expiry date on the seed packet because seeds dry up and retailers will still try and sell them especially if you are a bit “green behind the ears”
I have just bought Cinnamon basil and planted it. See how to grow basil “Cinnamon” (Ocimum Basilicum). This is a nice variety that attracts the bees with its pretty purple and white flowers and tastes a little like...you guessed, cinnamon. Just as I used Jasmine flowers for Pot pourri, I want to use this basil's flowers for the same purpose.
How To Do It
No I have not gone mad! What I mean is the remnants of a fresh basil plant that you bought from the market and consumed. This is cheating of course but I am willing to waver such behaviour from amateurs! ;-)
All you need to do is cut back any stems to their base, replant the root ball in new compost and water well. Within no time the plant will sprout new foliage and voilà! You have earned an award certificate for saving on the grocery bill.
So what is your favourite basil dish? A nice Italian recipe dripping in tomato sauce along with a balsamic vinegar, garlic, and olive oil dressing tossed in a bed of rucola lettuce? Or a tasty pesto? Whatever it is start inviting the dinner guests now as in no time your basil will be ready for harvesting.
Here are simplied instructions for our young participants taking part in the Grow A Herb Activity.
Hint of Herbs is where you will get to know me a whole lot better as I busy about in my daily life. Read short snippets of herb garden related topics. Little interesting things that don`t normally find their way onto my pages.
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