A favourite herb with gardeners and cooks everywhere. Basil produces a wonderful aroma and the leaves are best used in tomato and pasta dishes. Also great in salads and soups.
Indoor Planting (March-April)
Sow seeds 0.5cm deep in trays of moist compost, be careful not to over-water. Store in a warm place at an approximate temperature of 13-16c.
When the seedlings are strong enough to handle they can be transplanted to bigger pots or trays. Do not overcrowd the plants and keep in a warm, light position. Once all chance of frost has passed the plants can be transplanted direct into your desired location in May. Harden off first. Alternatively, for all year round supply, sow indoors in pots.
Outdoor Planting (May)
Sow seeds 1.5cm deep direct in growing bed. Keep the soil moist and be careful not to over-water. When large enough to handle thin to 12" spacings. The Basil will grow best in a warm. sheltered location. Pick leaves as required.
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