Growing Basil: Planting, Cultivating, Harvesting and Storing

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Basil: Quick Care Guide

Basil can grow wild up to two feet in height. It is a tender annual that does best planted in a container with a soil-based potting mixture. Basil grows best in good quality, well draining, slightly acidic soil.

Basil is a sun-loving plant. It thrives best in a warm area. When planting basil, make sure the plant is placed where it can get full sun all day. Basil likes to feel the heat and will not grow well if the temperature is too low.

Basil should not be overwatered. Keep the soil moist. Water only when the top of the soil is dry. Not enough or too much water will kill the plant.

Basil can be grown indoors, outdoors, or even indoors on a windowsill.

What is Basil?

Blessed with an intoxicating aroma and a flavor that makes it irresistible, basil is a popular herb that is delicious in the kitchen when it is added to the sauce, salsa, salad, or pie. The herb is called like that because it smells like the herb and it is wonderfully aromatic.

It is also known as the queen of herbs because its beautiful scent is quite addictive.

With its fruity and sweet scent, it makes sense that this plant is quite popular. When you are working with herbs of all kinds, it is important to know how to identify them.

The flavor of this herb is stronger and sharper than that of the other herbs and this makes it very favorite to use for cooking as it makes other flavors more pronounced.

When added to the vegetables and fruits, this herb gives an additional hint to the flavor of the dish.

Despite its popularity, many people do not know how to prepare the plants or how to use them. In this article, we are going to look at some of the best ways to grow and harvest the herb, so let's get started.

Why Should You Grow Basil?

Growing basil in your kitchen garden is easy and fun. You can also add several unique varieties to your plant collection. Before you grow basil, check out the unique varieties that are available. Some of these include:

  • Dark Opal basil has an almost black-green color.
  • Golden Opal Basil is just as the name describes. Flowers and leaves are a bright yellow.
  • Chocolate Basil is as it describes. Leaves are a rich brown with a chocolate aroma.
  • Purple Ruffles basil has a soft purple color on the leaves.
  • Red Rubin basil features soft crimson pink hues on flower and leaves.

For beginning gardeners, the best way to start is with a small number of plant varieties.

This helps you focus on just a few vegetables, which makes it easier to keep track of, especially during the first season.

You can expand to more varieties during the next season. Some things to consider when growing basil are:

  • How much sunlight your garden receives
  • The amount of time you can spend tending to plants
  • Time and money
  • And, of course, how many varieties of basil you really desire

Here are some recommended basil varieties to get you started:

Crispum: This is one of the most commonly grown basil varieties. It is a beautiful plant that grows very well and produces beautiful, sweet-smelling leaves. It can withstand high heat, and still produce well. (Crispum varieties are often referred to as Italian or sweet basil.)

Purple Ruffles: This is another commonly used variety. The purple ruffled leaves produce a strong, sweet aroma. The purple ruffles can withstand temperatures up to 32 degrees F.

Lettuce Leaf: This is one of the most popular basil varieties. It is a fast-growing plant and gets to a mature size quickly. It produces a very bold basil fragrance and flavors. It is one of the most optimum varieties, because of its versatility.

Greek Basils

Oregano and Holy

Oregano is more common and is generally used as cooking spice. It has a thicker stalk and a stronger flavor than sweet basil. The flavor ranges from spicy and pungent to floral.

The name has been changed from wild marjoram to oregano and it is used in traditional Italian cuisine.

If you love the flavor and the aromatic effect of oregano, you will also love the holy basil, which is a basil variety.

There are dozens of different varieties of basil designed for different flavors and uses. Mint is one of the more popular varieties because of its adaptability and its suitability for many applications.

There’s also cinnamon basil, lemon basil, sweet basil, Thai basil, curry leaf basil, tea basil, lemon bergamot, African blue basil and Thai basil.

Genovese Basils

Genovese basil (basilico Genovese) is the most common type of basil you'll find in grocery stores and restaurants. It's the large-leafed variety that you'll likely have in your herb garden. It was originally grown in Genoa, Italy and is an annual.

The flavors and aromas of this basil are stronger than other basils. It has a licorice-like scent that is also sweet and slightly peppery. It's excellent in soups and sauces and pairs well with tomatoes, cheese, fish, and poultry. In fact, basil is often used for its flavor and aroma rather than its looks.

The plants bear little resemblance to the tiny leaves you find on typical basil plants. They average a foot to two feet tall.

You'll notice that it's very plain in appearance with smooth, dark green leaves. The flavor, however, is anything but plain, and is well-known in Italian cuisine.

Genovese Basil will grow in full or partial shade and suits containers well. The plants like plenty of water and decent drainage.

Italian Basils

Different kinds of herbs, and different types of certain herbs are grown for different purposes. While many herbs are really versatile enough to be used for all types of food preparations, they are grown for specific purposes. A few examples are:

  • Genovese basil is what most people think of when they imagine basil. This is Italian basil and the one you plant in your herb garden. It has small white flowers and is delicious in pasta salse, sauces, and a wide variety of food preparation.
  • Opal basil is what most people think of when they imagine basil. This is Italian basil and the one you plant in your herb garden. It has small white flowers and is delicious in pasta salse, sauces, and a wide variety of food preparation.
  • Holy basil has a stronger taste that is less preferred. It is a special Indian basil varieties.
  • Cinnamon basil is a spicy plant with cinnamon-like leaves. It is used in a variety of spicy, exotic dishes and garnishes.
  • California basil is an everyday cooking basil. It is an everyday cooking basil. It has a milder flavor and isn't usually used in salads
  • Lemon basil has a mild lemony flavor. It is used in a variety of Italian style chicken marinades and in a few Italian desserts.

Thai Basils

( Ocimum tenuiflorum )

Thai basils are culinary delights that are milder and more complex in flavor that their Western culinary cousins. Once you have tried the exotic flavor of Thai basils, you will not be satisfied with Italian or French basils again!

Flavored Basils

There are a number of varieties of basil, each with its own flavor. Most basils have a mild and fresh flavor, but several types have a stronger, spicy flavor.

Anise: Anise basil has a licorice flavor that works well in salad dressings, in sauces, and in other savory dishes.

Lemon: Lemon basil leaves have a lemony flavor and are used in Italian food, particularly in minestrone, salads, and sauces.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon basil is slightly sweeter than other varieties. Use it in tomato-based foods, in flavored vinegars, and in spice rubs for meats.

Thai: Thai basil has a peppery, anise-like flavor that is perfect for Asian recipes. Use it in salads, in stir-fries, and in basil sauces.

Sweet: Sweet basil leaves are used in Italian dishes, especially in tomato sauces and in salads.

Purple: Purple basil is relatively new to the market, and it is typically used in Italian sauces, pesto, or as a garnish over foods.

Oregano: Sweet marjoram is a variety of oregano that has a sweeter and milder flavor. Use it in salads, with bread, and in sauces.

Lovage: Lovage has leaves that resemble celery, and it is most often used in soups.

Other Basils

There are lots of varieties of basil to choose from, as well as variations of the kinds of basil you're already familiar with. Some of the most popular among them are as follows:

  • Dark Opal Basil is a purple-colored basil variety that appeals to gardeners and cooks alike. Its flavor is similar to that of the traditional variety, only a bit sweeter.
  • Cinnamon Basil has a sweet scent and flavor, and is one of the most popular basil varieties to be purchased at the market.
  • Thai Basil has a spicy flavor that will add an interesting note to basil pesto, or can be used to make any number of Thai dishes.
  • Lemon Basil is an easy-to-grow variety with small, scented leaves. It has a lemony flavor that's perfect in salads, seafood dishes, or herbal tea.
  • Bergamot Basil is also called bee balm or Oswego tea. It has flowers that attract bees, and leaves that can be used to make teas, jellies, and sauces. It's also delicious in salad, and adds a sweet scent and flavor.
  • Lime Basil has a citrus flavor without the tangy bite that limes add to foods. This basil works well in tomato dishes, and its scent is also a natural aromatherapy.

Planting Basil

Plant the seeds about ¼-inch deep in the pots and keep the soil moist and warm until germination.

In about 3-5 days, your basil seeds will be growing into seedlings. Once the roots are a set and they don't fall out of the pot, its time for transplanting. You can either use up the pot with the plant and use a bigger pot later or you can transplant it to a larger pot or directly into the ground.

When to Plant Basil

Basil, also known as Sweet Basil, has its origins in India, but you can grow it anywhere there is sufficient sunshine. The basil plant is a wonderful herb that is commonly used in Italian and Continental cuisine. It has a wide variety of uses, including flavoring fish, lamb, and vegetables, as well as being an ingredient in sauces and sweetened beverages.

Purchase the basil plant, or start from seed, in the spring. Before you start planting, choose the location. The basil plant will grow in containers, but it will do much better in the ground. If you choose to grow it in the ground, give it plenty of room to grow. The plant only reaches a height of about two feet, but it will get as wide as three feet. Furthermore, it needs lots of sunlight, so make sure the area has lots of sun.

Plant the basil in the ground when the soil is still cool, between two weeks and a month before the last frost. Plant it with the crown 2 inches into the ground with the plants 4 inches apart. Once the plant has started to grow, water it consistently.

Once the plant has reached a foot in height, pinch off the growing tips to encourage branching. When you get a big enough plant, you can use the branches to start all new plants.

Where to Plant Basil

It's possible to grow a good supply of basil in large containers, but it's hard to keep them from getting too root bound. If you do plant your basil in a container, check the roots every few weeks to see if they are growing through the drainage holes in the pot, or if the pot is drying out. If so, transplant your basil into a larger container. Gardening experts recommend choosing a pot that is only 1/3 the size of the root mass, as this will encourage your basil to grow and produce new roots.

Basil will grow in small pots, or right in the ground. You can even grow your basil directly in your kitchen windowsill or on a glass tabletop. It's an easy, fast-growing herb that is a great addition to your outdoor herb garden, or even a kitchen garden! Even if you don't have a yard, or need fresh herbs year-round, it's very easy to grow indoors.

When planting your basil, be sure to have it in a pot that drains well. Basil needs plenty of water, but it's disastrous if the roots are standing in water. Inadequate drainage can cause root rot and even kill your basil.

How to Plant Basil

Plant basil seeds 2-3 weeks before the last frost. Basil seeds cling naturally to the soil so be careful not to cover them more than 1/4 inch. Water the seeds as soon as you put them in the ground. Keep the seeds moist until they germinate which usually takes 5-7 days. Basil seeds are extremely delicate, so handle them gently.

After germination, basil rapidly grows 1-2 inches per week during the warmer months and every two weeks in winter. Be sure to deadhead the flowering stem. The blooms will be the strongest in fragrance. Once the first true leaf has formed, pinch the top of the plant to promote bushiness.

Make sure that your pot has drains in the bottom. If you plant in top soil or potting soil, you will want to mix in some sand or perlite to ensure proper drainage. Water and feed your basil every 7-10 days. You can use liquid fertilizer but if you have the budget, mixing in top dressing around your plants with compost will yield better results. Set your pots in a tray filled with pebbles and water to promote capillary action around the roots. You can also leave your pots out at night to allow for evaporation to further encourage this.

Your basil will continue to grow for 5-6 months in the summer months. Once the soil and weather begin to cool down, it is time to begin the storage process.

How To Care For Basil

If you are growing basil in containers, you should transplant it into larger containers when it is about 6 inches tall. By the time the plant matures, it will have outgrown the original small pot. You can grow basil indoors in a sunny windowsill. Place the basil plant up high in the window so the leaves don’t scorch in the sun. You should fertilize the herb moderately throughout the growing season. This will promote healthy foliage, as well as strong roots.

Harvesting Basil

Harvest basil in the morning to take advantage of its essential oils. Before you clip the leaves, smell them to ensure that they have a strong aroma. Also, the leaves will be more flavorful in the morning before the sun dries them out.

Caring for Basil

You should keep an eye on the plants throughout the growing season. Make sure that they are not getting too hot or too cold, as that will cause the plants to wither and die. You should also keep an eye on the plants to make sure that they are not getting too much water or not getting enough. If the plants start to wither, you can trim the leaves, as long as you do not harvest more than one-third of the plant at a time. Keep an eye on the plants to make sure that the roots do not get too waterlogged. You should also remove any wilted leaves and dead stalks.

Light

Plants grow better under bright light conditions. An indoor grow light is usually not necessary and is actually discouraged by many gardening experts. But if you need more light in a place where you have no choice, a plant light will get the job done.

When using a plan light, you must be careful when setting up the configuration. A general rule is to place the light directly above the plants and then situate it at an angle and get it as close to the plant as possible. If the plant is under the light, but the shadow is still present, the light is too far off the plant.

Induction grow lights are a better choice than fluorescent lighting for most indoor gardeners. These systems work effectively indoors and are a great choice for larger growing operations.

After a few days of using an indoor grow light, you can check your plants. If there are any plants that need more light, you can place the underperforming plant closer to the light source and see if that fixes the problem.

A few weeks after growth has started, reduce the hours of light slowly to simulate the changing of the seasons. This will ensure that your plants grow healthy and produce the results that you are looking for.

Temperature

Basil enjoys warmth, with its optimum temperature being about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Exposing it to temperatures below 55 degrees results in the plant ceasing its growth.

Basil loves the sun. It grows best in a spot exposed to as much sun as possible.

While it will tolerate shade, it actually requires uninterrupted growing light.

You may have to experiment to determine the right amount of exposure for your basil plants. If they are given too much light, the leaves will become unnaturally large, and the taste may be compromised. On the other hand, if they are given too much shade, the leaves will become spindly, and there will be very little sunlight reaching the bottom of the plant.

For the best taste, choose the strongest, greenest leaves, and pick them before they change color.

Watering

When you water your basil, do it care-fully. Try to avoid splashing the leaves, or spraying them directly with the water. This will help to keep the plants from rotting and premature wilting.

Also, make sure that the water you use is not tap water. Tap water has been through so many different purification processes that the chlorine in it will kill your basil plants. If you use tap water, your basil will turn black and bleach out.

If you are unsure of the quality of your water, you can purchase distilled or filtered water and use that.

Over-watering basil can lead to rot. In general, watering your basil every other day is enough. Remember that your basil needs around 1 inch of water, but be careful not to overwater. You should check your soil moisture occasionally with your finger.

The best way to keep your basil growing healthy and tall is by making sure that the plant has ample light and a lot of fresh air.

If they are over-watered, they can become susceptible to root rot, so try to avoid excess watering.

Soil

Whenever possible, direct sow individual seeds at a depth of 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Be careful not to plant the seeds too deeply. Sow the seeds at a consistent rate of three or four seeds per inch within a row.

For the best possible germination, use a light soil mix, such as equal parts of peat moss and perlite or equal parts of vermiculite and perlite. Alternatively, you can use one part potting soil and one part perlite.

Mix these soils thoroughly with the appropriate amounf of water in order to provide adequate moisture and air.

Whether you plant directly or in pots, give the soil a light watering right after planting.

Provide your new basil plants with good drainage and ample water throughout their growing season.

Basil is especially susceptible to root rot, so make sure your potting mix drains quickly.

Apply a weak solution of liquid fertilizer to your basil plants each time you water.

Fertilizing Basil

If you’re using artificial fertilizers, look for ones designed for vegetable gardens. They will have the right balance of all the main nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium). A handful of bone meal or dried marigold petals also adds nutrients and helps to release beneficial microorganisms. If you aim to use natural fertilizers, goat manure is great and has high nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium content. Sheep manure, bat guano, feather meal, and bloodmeal are also great for adding nutrients to your garden.

The little seeds are very sensitive to salt. When you are fertilizing, wash your hands well and only add a little bit of nutrients at a time. If you have a lot of grass or weeds, remove them before they die. Add a little bit of mulch to keep the ground cooler and wetter, and your basil will love it. Mulch is also great if it is constantly dry and you can’t water very much.

Propagation

Basil will grow from seeds or from a cutting of a mature basil plant. You can grow from seeds, or you can grow from a "plantlet" that is rooted in water. This plantlet is then planted in the ground or in a container. Basil should be planted in well aerated, moist soil. Basil needs enough space to grow to a foot tall and wide. Basil's leaves can get up to 1 foot long and 2 inches wide, so the plant is hardy and it needs room to grow in order to produce ample leaves. It is best to plant basil in a sunny area that is away from wind and cold and it needs approximately 6 hours of sunlight per day.

If you plant basil in containers, you must be careful about overwatering. Basil likes to have just the right amount of water, so be sure to choose a pot that is deep enough and place gravel in the bottom to allow for drainage. You can grow basil with either a round or a rectangle planter. Be sure to place the basil in an area where you can easily reach the pot. The plant will grow large and taking care of it may be a bit difficult if you have to walk far in order to prune or water.

Size and Duration of Growing Stages

Seedlings will take approximately 7 to 10 days, small cultivars of basil will take 8 to 13 weeks.

Dwarf cultivars will take 10 to 14 weeks.

Pruning Basil

Pruning your basil is a very simple task that will help your plants grow better and produce more succulent leaves.

The key to harvesting basil is to use your scissors and snip the plant rather than pull it from the ground.

The reason for this is twofold; you need the root of the plant to stay intact or you'll lose the plant.

Secondly, if you pull the basil out by the stem, you might end up "ripping" the leaf from the plant. Many people wonder how long does basil grow for, the answer is; it depends on the variety of basil you're growing.

Some will have a longer reproductive cycle than others. The best way to tell when to harvest basil for your next meal is to simply choose the best leaf from the plant that you need and leave the rest to mature.

The best way to get the most basil from the plant is to cut off all but one stem. Try using a pair of sharp scissors to cut the stem as far down as you can without it being torn from the plant.

You'll want to cut the stem near the base of the plant, just above the root.

If you cut the stem a little higher than the root it will help reduce the risk of the plant going to seed.

Snip the leaves you need and save the rest for later.

Companion Plants

Tomatoes are a terrific vegetable to grow if you want a pretty easy, productive and beautiful crop. Plus, they can be grown as herb or an actual vegetable, and you can even use them for dye if you like. However, they make very poor companion plants.

If space is an issue and you have to grow a smaller number of plants, the bottom line when it comes to companion plants for tomatoes is to plant companion plants below the tomatoes. This way, they will not compete with the important veggies for nutrients and water, as companion plants do.

The following is a list of plants that are safe to plant about your tomatoes:

Basil: Basil is a member of the mint family and is often used in cooking. It repels Japanese beetles, slugs, and ants, but it can also help deter them from attacking the tomatoes. If you want to plant basil with tomatoes, plan on putting them a good distance away from each other.

Nasturtium: These flowers have edible leaves, stems, and flowers. They are also highly ornamental and work well with tomatoes. In addition, they, too, repel ants, beetles, and slugs, as well as being a pretty flower. The only thing to ask is if you live in hot weather, do you have enough space for it to grow? Nasturtiums can grow to a height of three to four feet.

Harvesting and Storing Basil

Basil can be harvested at any time during its growing cycle, either to use fresh or for drying, freezing, or canning. The most common time for harvesting basil is at the beginning of flowering, when it is less bitter.

Harvesting basil at this stage is best for drying. However, if you are using the fresh leaves there are some important factors to keep in mind. Make sure the plant is healthy, the leaves are evenly colored, and there are no signs of insects in the plant.

Harvesting is actually very easy. You can cut off the stems of the leaves or cut the entire plant. Basil is not hard to grow, and will grow back continually as long as the weather in your area is suitable.

Your most important goal when irrigating your basil plants, is keeping the soil moist rather than soaking it or having it totally dry.

Harvesting Basil

You can harvest your basil throughout the growing period. You can cut back anywhere from a quarter to half of the plant and still get a productive harvest.

Remember, however, that many of the leaves are in the center of the plant. It's better to cut leaves from the edges, and even the main stem, in order to prevent the plant from being too weak to continue to grow.

When you harvest basil, you don't have to cut off all of the leaves from the top of the plant. In fact, you can cut basil right above a healthy set of leaves and you will get a new set of leaves without damaging the plant.

Don't discard the top of the plant that you cut when you harvest. Be sure to keep it. You can use it to catch water. To do this, make a little tent with a not-yet-harvested leaf and fold it over the top. Then, using a water dropper, fill the leaf and let it drip into the soil.

If you have the space, allow the plant to grow to a height of about 4 inches and then cut it back to about 2 inches. This will cause the plant to put all its energy into growing new leaves and will encourage the plant to send out tendrils once more.

Storing Basil

Growing fresh basil is an easy process and you can harvest it over the course of the summer. Basil is known to repel mosquitoes and fleas, so grow a bunch to hang near family picnics and barbeques. To store your basil, wrap it in damp paper towel and store it in the refrigerator.

Basil can also be chopped before being stored in the freezer for several months. This is a handy trick to keep your freezer from smelling like food! Attach a few leaves to a cotton swab for easy recipe assembly. Make it part of your meal prep and you will always have fresh basil just waiting for you when you need it.

Troubleshooting

Aphids, the greenflies that you find sucking the sap on your tomato plants, love basil too. Keep a watchful eye out for them. They can be easily removed with a dab of soap and water.

Powdery mildew can be caused by two different fungi that attack the leaves of your basil plants. They cause the leaves to turn white with a powdery residue and blacken at the edges. This can spread quickly so you should spray the plants with water to wash the powdery mildew off, and use a fungicide.

Fusarium wilt can be the most devastating fungal disease that attacks the basil plant. It causes the leaves and stems to dry out and the stem will either grow black or brown spots. Rot will quickly spread throughout the plant and it will not produce leaves. Fortunately, it is rare in wetter climates. You may be able to save the plant by cutting it back to just above the discolored stems, removing the lower portion, and disposing of it. You should also treat the plant with a fungicide.

Growing Problems

“Too much water” is usually the problem that causes basil plants to rot. Basil has large leaves that can easily get too much water. There is also the probability that the water you used to moisten the soil either isn’t draining, or it is draining too fast.

Basil does best when a high-quality potting soil is used. The potting soil should also be well-drained.

An alternative to using a peat-moss based potting soil is to use a combination of one part compost to three parts potting soil.

Some people have had luck using rich garden soil in the container, but you have the same chances of the soil getting too wet as you do with peat-based potting soil.

When you water your basil, you want to avoid getting the soil too wet. If you water “too often,” and the soil gets too damp, the roots can rot and the lower leaves will wilt.

But when you water too infrequently, the roots do not receive enough oxygen. The leaves, stems and roots of the basil plant become pale, and they eventually turn yellow.

Pests

Diseases and Problems.

If you have plants, you have problems. Even plants that you can’t see can cause you problems (roots, pests, weeds, etc.). When it comes to bugs, animals, and diseases, basil is not immune. We've heard a great deal of the wonderful benefits of basil and we want to share with you the most helpful tips on how to prevent or control pests, diseases and problems that can affect your crop.

Because there are so many kinds of basil, they are susceptible to different kinds of problems. Whether it's the differences in soils, genetics, age, air quality, or some combination of these factors, the result is the same. So how do you deliver the healthiest, most wholesome basil possible to your family and friends? The best way is to be informed and take action to control or prevent problems using organic methods. A little maintenance can go a long way in preventing pest and disease attacks.

In this article, we will discuss the most common pest, disease and problems that can affect your basil crop with simple solutions. And moving forward, we will refer to this article to give you advice on pest, disease and problems for all the varieties of basil, or types, such as sweet basil.

Diseases

Most people grow basil for its characteristic taste. It can be fresh or dried. It is commonly used for Italian dishes such as pasta. Indoor basil isn't always the tastiest. Basil is an extremely sun-loving plant, so sunlight is of great importance. Also, the soil needs to be rich and humid.

Because of its great taste, basil is a favorite of many gardeners, but it can also be used in non-culinary purposes. From a young age, children can learn to plant and grow any plants, including basil.

Growing basil is very simple. It is important to use the right type of pots since some pots don't have holes where the roots can grow out. The best pots for basil to grow in (and the ones you should use if you want to grow outdoor plants) are pots that have holes around the edge. Using a soft soil, so the holes have space for the roots, is also essential.

Once the pot has been correctly chosen, fill the soil with water. The roots of the basil need water and nourishment. Water them about once a week. When you water the plant, use warm water. While the basil is growing, it is essential that the sun shines on it, so if you grow your plant indoors, make sure that its location gets a lot of sun.

Basil is a tropical plant, so the soil temperature around the plant should be warm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Although basil and its relatives are regarded as herbs, it has applications as a seasoning much like its fellow spicy relative, chili. One of the most popular applications for basil is in pesto sauce for pasta. Basil is most popular when fresh, but it can also be grown as a decorative houseplant if it is harvested early before the plant reaches maturity. Basil is often grown in gardens as well, where it can be a great way to repel pest insects such as aphids and spider mites without the use of pesticides, which can be harmful to the environment and people.

Basil grows best in warm weather, particularly hot weather. In hot weather basil will "bolt," producing flowers, which lets you know the plant is reaching maturity. Basil can be started as a seed indoors and transplanted once outside temperatures have reached at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Look for seeds for basil varieties you like in your garden center. Basil requires full sunlight, and can grow in any well-draining potting soil, although a topsoil or potting soil with an organic mulch will do the best job at allowing the leaves to retain their moisture. Basil is not particular about how the soil is prepared, but you should avoid a clay soil and make sure to give the plant plenty of room to grow.

Q: Can I grow basil hydroponically?

A: Yes you can not only grow basil hydroponically, but you can grow lots of it as well.

Hydroponic growing is actually incredibly easy.

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Hydroponics is the system of growing plants and vegetation that does not take advantage of the soil for the plants to acquire nutrients.

You may be familiar with hydroponics and may have even seen it somewhere, but you may not know that it is also very easy to grow plants hydroponically.

You should try it so that you will know what you should do when you plant plants in a pump operated, which is the pool that is below the substrate.

If you are growing plants in that kind of pool, you may find yourself engaged in taking care of them. So you should not add high amounts of nutrients or minerals to the water to make sure that the plants that you will grow later will not be destroyed.

Actually, growing plants in that kind of pool is very challenging.

But when growing plants in that kind of pool, you will save the time that you normally spent, and it will save your money as well.

Moreover, you will also have the opportunity to learn more about how to grow plants as well.

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