Easy Container-Grown Basilcomments (6) May 18th, 2012
Basil is one of the most versatile herbs in my garden and it's so easy to grow, too. A packet of seeds produces enough fresh basil to keep my creative juices flowing all summer long.
Flavored basils, like lemon, lime, and cinnamon add a new dimension to ordinary recipes, too. Colorful basil plants, like 'Purple Ruffles', look as lovely as any ornamental accent plant.Â
One of the simplest and least expensive methods I've found for growing basil is to simply sprinkle the seeds on top of prepared soil, either in the garden or a container. Cover seeds with a thin layer of soil and keep moist.
Basil will sprout and grow quickly. Start clipping the leaves when plants have three to five sets of leaves and don't be shy about pruning the plants. Cutting them back encourages healthy new growth and branching. Pruning also keeps the plants from flowering, although the flowers are delicious, too!
One of my favorite recipes for a quick salad is to cut thick slices of garden-fresh tomatoes, top with several tablespoons of snipped basil leaves, and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt, if you like, and serve at room temperature.
Do you have a simple summer recipe that calls for fresh basil? Please share it here.
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