Basil

Basil

Basil is a tender annual plant that is easy to grow. It can be raised from the seed and harvested in the same year when it, which means the lifespan of the Basil plant is one year. However, if you are growing this plant in cold areas, it needs to be protected from the frost because it is tender. In a growing season, this plant can achieve a height of 2 feet. 

There are around 200 different types of basil, so you have plenty to choose from, each one with its own individual flavour. When we thin k of basil in cooking, Italy usually springs to mind. However, it is used a lot in Asian and oriental dishes too.

Sowing Basil

The best thing to do to sow basil plants is to sow direct into the ground unless of course, you are growing it to sell, or for your kitchen to use in cooking. In this case, it is just as happy in a plant pot. When growing outside choose a sunny and sheltered place to sow the seed. If your soil is too heavy, mix sand in it before sowing the seed. Warm the soil with the cloche or wait for the frost season to go for sowing the seeds. If you choose to wrap bubble wrap around the plant, make sure that you leave some room for the sunlight to reach the plant. After sprinkling seeds on the soil, cover it again with more soil. When sowing indoors, make sure that you keep them out in the sunlight during the daytime and bring them back inside during the night to avoid frost. 

If you plan to grow this herb indoors, you can do it all year round and harvest it when you need it. Sprinkle basil seeds on plant pots and leave them to germinate. Cover it with a polybag and when you see the shoots, remove this bag and allow some sunlight and fresh air to reach your plant. 

Growing Basil

Ensure that the dirt is wet— the plants like dampness in the earth around its roots. So if perhaps you live in a hot region, use mulch around the plants (the mulch will help hold in dampness and stifle weeds). 

During the dry time frames in summer, water the plants uninhibitedly. After the seedlings have created their initial six leaves, prune to over the next set. This method of pruning urges the plants to begin stretching, bringing about more leaves forgather. Each time a branch has six to eight leaves echo pruning the branches once again to their first arrangement of leaves. After around a month and a half, squeeze off the middle shoot to forestall early blossoming. If blossoms do develop, just cut them off. If the climate will be cold or if unexpected ice is inevitable, make sure to collect your basil previously, as the chilly temperatures will annihilate your plants.

Harvesting Basil

Begin picking the leaves when the plants are 6 to 8 inches tall. 

When temperatures hit 80°F (27°C), basil will truly begin leafing out. Reap in the early morning, when leaves are at their juiciest. Try to pick the leaves consistently to empower development all through the late spring. Regardless of whether you don’t have to use the leaves, pick them to make a big difference for the plant. Store them for some time in the future. In the event that you pick routinely, twelve plants can create 4 to 6 cups of leaves each week.

Here’s a video which show how to prune the basil for best results:

Common Problems

Cut the leaves as regularly as you like during the developing season. You can lift a plant to take inside toward the mid-year finish, and this ought to furnish you with new basil well into the colder time of year. It will be a genuinely massive plant at this point. This wonderful herb is fundamental in my essential herb garden for culinary use.

Moreover, the plant can get several bacterial, fungal, and root diseases, which can be prevented by using pesticides. It can also get Aphids and powdery mildew, which again can be prevented by taking necessary precautions. 

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Here are some great recipes from BBC Good Food

There are so many varieties to choose from! Here are some that we grow successfully:

NOTE: We have a dozen varieties in our shop too. Check it out HERE

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06/14/2021 | Uncategorized / Herbs | 0 Comments

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