Basil Growing Tips and Advice
Many types of this thirsty, tender, tropical annual exist, but most varieties grow quickly and easily in warm soil that should be fertilized lightly two or three times a season. Be wary of overdosing with nitrogen, since nitrogen can affect the flavor.
Since cuttings often don’t survive easily, use seeds, which you should plant 1/8 inch deep and after the last frost. If you plant basil in your outdoor garden, plant seeds in rows 2 feet apart, spacing them 1/2 inch apart in the row. Most varieties grow to about 2 feet. If you pinch stems frequently, your sweet basil will grow bushy and full. Be sure to harvest branch tips when no more than seven sects of bracts have formed on the flower buds.
Days to Harvest: 42 days.
Basil is an essential ingredient when you're cooking Italian, and you should keep it on hand with all your other Italian cooking supplies.
Try growing your own basil indoors with the Aerogrow Indoor Kitchen garden.
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