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How to Grow Basil at Home

How to grow basil,Companion Planting with basil,

How to Grow Basil

  • Plant Basil seeds in a seed tray or in a seedbed in springtime.
  • The two first tiny leaves of Basil that appear are heart shaped.
  • Once the seedlings have about 4-8 leaves they can be transplanted in the garden.
  • When the basil plant is established, you should pick off the top two leaves regularly so that the plant can become bushy, this is called nipping.
  • Basil enjoys lots of compost, to keep the plant really green and shiny.
  • Give your Basil seedlings regular doses of liquid manure for the first two or three days after you transplant them and fortnightly thereafter for the rest of the growing season. (see liquid manure post)

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Companion Planting with Basil

    Companions (do well together)
  • Tomato, cauliflower

  • Antagonists (don't do well together)
  • Raspberries

Tips on Harvesting Organic Basil

  • Toward the end of the season, when the bushes are well established, you can pick bunches of basil and hang them upside down to dry.
  • Always harvest herbs during the hottest part of the day.
  • Once dried and crushed, you have a good supply of dried Basil for the winter.
  • Freshly picked basil can also be frozen and thawed for later use.

Recipe to Eat Organic Basil

  • 1 bunch fresh basil finely chopped or shredded
  • 4 good sized tomatoes (chopped or sliced)
  • 1 clove finely chopped garlic (dried garlic optional)
  • Olive oil

  • Chop or shred basil.
  • Chop tomatoes in medium pieces. Add the finely chopped fresh or dry garlic.
  • Mix together.
  • Drizzle with olive oil.
  • Use fresh or toasted bread, crackers, pita or flat bread to eat the brushetta.

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