Gardening

Conditions and Care for Growing Basil

Basil is an herb which used mainly in Italian cooking. Basil is native to India. There are different varieties of basil with different flavors. Some have a lemony tang, while others have an exotic spicy scent.

Growing basil is fairly easy and uncomplicated.

Conditions for growing basil

Soil:

Basil likes to be in fertile and loose soil. Adding compost to the soil one month before sowing is a good idea.

If you want to grow basil in pots, see that the pot has good drainage. Ant excess water should flow out from below.

If growing basil outside, dig up the soil and remove any weeds. The soil should be a little loose. Water the soil generously one day before sowing.

Weather:

Basil likes high temperatures. It is good for a basil plant if it is exposed to 6-8 hours of direct sunlight. Frost is one thing a basil plant must not be exposed to.

Sowing:

It is best to sow basil seeds when the climate is warm and there is no chance of a frost. If you are growing basil indoors, you can sow anytime.

Plant basil seeds 10 inches apart if you are sowing them in a bed.

Tending:

When the basil plants reach a height of 6 inches, pinch off the tops. As the plant grows, be sure to pinch off emerging flower buds and peripheral leaves. This will help the plant have healthier leaves.

Water the plant regularly. The soil should be kept moist, but not sodden.

Harvesting:

Harvesting time for basil plants begins 10 weeks from planting. Harvest some healthy leaves every two weeks. Don’t pick the entire plant off if you want a year long supply.

Storage of basil leaves:

Basil leaves can be used fresh or can be stored. To store, dry the leaves for about one week and store in a dry airtight container. You can store basil leaves for 12 months.

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