Basil Gardening

44 %
56 %
Information about Basil Gardening

Published on May 7, 2014

Author: pd81xz



Basil Gardening

Basil Ocimum sp. Basil – surely one of the best known herbs in the world, and with good reason! It’s tasty, it’s attractive and it’s dead easy to grow. With over 100 different species to choose from, Basil is never faulty! So, let’s get growing! The most common type of basil grown in the home patch is sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum), so let’s focus on that one. Bear in mind that most basil species enjoy similar growing conditions, so these handy hints will apply pretty much across the board! Planting Schedule Warm Areas: September Temperate Areas: September Cool to Cold Areas: October (once frost risk has passed) Position, Position, Position! Like me, Basil doesn’t really like the cold, which is good news for people in warm and temperate areas, but can lead to a bit of strife in colder regions. Sweet basil is what we learned horticulturists refer to as a “summer growing annual” meaning that, in theory, basil will die back once the cold hits every year. But, for those of us lucky enough to live in frost free tropical areas, a well tended basil plant can kick on for years! So, where to position your basil plant(s) in your Yummy Yard? My hot tip would be somewhere… well… hot! Basil loves full sun, but in really warm areas, they don’t mind part shade. In the cooler

climes, ensure your basil has at least four hours of sun each day. Talking Dirty Sweet Basil loves a beaut, rich soil, full of organic matter, but not chook poo! Try enriching your soil with chook poo free compost… your basil will thank you for it! The more fertile your soil is, the better flavour and performance your basil will have. And, as with all our Yummy Yardies, mulch with pea straw or similar. Feed Me! What I am about to say flies in the face of normal, sustainable horticultural practice, but, like me, basil needs food, and lots of it! Sweet basil is what we call a gross feeder (a bit like some of my work colleagues) and will eat anything it is given. Liquid seaweed, worm wee or liquid manure is the best, and this should be applied fairly frequently through the growing season, for fragrant, healthy, tasty basil. And remember, the more you pick, the more you need to feed! What about the Water? Let’s talk watering, ‘cos basil likes it fairly damp. Now, before you go nuts on the end of the hose, use your soil moisture sensor! What do you mean you don’t have one? Your pointer finger is the greatest soil moisture sensor in the world… and most of us have two of those. Stick your chosen finger in the soil, and remove. Is it damp, and is there dirt stuck to your finger? If yes, it doesn’t need a water. If no, read on! Water in the morning, to avoid water on the foliage as the temperature cools down. Never ever ever water your basil with greywater! Are We There Yet? There is no set time to eat basil… essentially any time you feel like it is great. And remember, the more you eat, the better the plant will be, especially if you give it a feed after using. Pests and the Rest Sweet Basil does have a few pest and disease issues, but one thing is guaranteed… if you plant it, they will come (they being snails and caterpillars). Hot Tip Now here’s my red hot tip for growing basil – pick often! Oft picked basil will not go leggy and doesn’t set seed too early, leaving you loving your basil for longer. Oh, and the pretty purple/white flowers should be removed to… if you want luscious leaves and fragrant flowers for longer. Eat me! – (BLT) Basil Loves Tomato Basil and Tomato Salad This is the ultimate basil and tomato salad. Thinly slice freshly picked home grown tomatoes and lay them on a serving plate. Thinly slice a red onion and scatter on top of tomatoes. Season by shaking salt and ground black pepper on top.

Pick your home grown basil, stems and all. Pick the larger leaves off the stems and set side. Place the smaller leaves and the stems into a saucepan with ½ Cup balsamic vinegar, ½ Cup olive oil and 1 Tb brown sugar. Bring this salad dressing to boil, then simmer gently until it is reduced by half. Strain the dressing to remove the basil leaves and stems. Drizzle dressing over the salad, then garnish with the larger basil leaves you set aside. Also try: Adding bocconcini or other favourite soft cheese on top. Placing the salad on crusty bread and pouring the dressing on top for a different type of bruschetta. For more awesome info on growing your own sustainable vegies and herbs at home, why not check out the Yummy Yards book at our secure online shop. Basil pic © Elaine Shallue (SGA)

Add a comment

Related presentations

Related pages

Growing Basil, a guide — Learn to grow and take care of ...

Learn to grow and take care of basil plants. ... Photo courtesy of zusty at Whether you’re out to conjure up a mouthwatering pesto, add a ...
Read more

How to Grow Basil - Gardening

The hardest thing about growing basil is choosing which varieties to grow. Here are some suggestions for great basil varieties and how to grow them.
Read more

Organic Gardening: Basil: A Growing Guide

Basil: A Growing Guide A quick guide to growing the ultimate garden herb. April 15, 2011
Read more

Gardening Australia - Fact Sheet: Basil - ABC

Basil is one of the most valuable plants in the garden, and is a perfect flavouring with tomatoes. They are easy to look after and they contribute much to ...
Read more

Growing Basil - Bonnie Plants

It's easy to learn how to grow basil, a versatile, delicious herb. Get expert tips for growing basil in your own home garden.
Read more

Basil | Gardening Tips | Garden Guides

Basil. Learn about Basil on Info and videos including: How to Grow Basil, Growing Herb Basil, How to Plant Basil Seedlings and much more.
Read more

Basil Basics | Fine Gardening

I transplant my basil plants into the ground in mid- to late May, well after the last frost in my Maryland garden. I plant them in full sun, fertilizing ...
Read more

Growing Basil - Gardening Patch

Growing Basil is fairly straight forward as long as you follow a few simple rules. Grow Basil at home by following this Gardening Patch guide.
Read more

How To Grow Basil | Herb Gardening Guide

Basil, the common name for Ocimum basilicum, is a popular sweet herb of the Mint Family esteemed for flavoring and formerly used for medicinal purposes.
Read more

Plant Care Guides (National Gardening Association)

If you do any Italian cooking at all, you'll want to include basil in the herb garden. Basil can't be planted until after the last frost date, but in the ...
Read more