Basil is one of the very aromatic and delectable organic herbs and would be a pleasure to have accessible in your own home. Basil is simple to plant and almost easier to care for. Keep reading for the necessary basics of starting your own Basil plant.
Step 1 - Plant Your Basil
If you are planting your Basil outdoors, be sure the timing is right. Basil should never be exposed to any kind of frost, so be patient and wait until all of it is gone. If you just can’t wait, you can always start your plant indoors and transfer it outdoors when the time is right. Be sure the patch of ground you are planting in has been broken up well with all of the rocks, weeds, and grass taken out. The spot should also get six to eight hours of sunlight a day. Mix in some fresh fertilizer and add a bit of water to dampen it before you plant the seeds.
Once the soil is prepared, cover the seeds with about one centimeter of soil and pack it down. If you want to grow your Basil indoors, fill your pots with the organic fertilizer and use water to moisten it a bit. We suggest starting with a small Basil plant and transferring it to a medium-sized pot to grow. This will give you the best chance of enjoying the freshest basil for the longest period of time. Observe how far down the plant went under the soil in its original container and replicate that setup in the new pot. Be sure the pot is in a place that will receive a good amount of sunlight each day.
Step 2 - Care for Basil
The hard part is over. From here, a few simple tasks will give you fresh, potent Basil as often as you need it. Water the herb only once a week, and make sure you only add water to the soil, not the leaves or stems. If you are growing outside, a bit of organic mulch will prevent weeds from popping up. You should pick any weeds as soon as you notice them. Before the flowers bloom is the best time to harvest the leaves.
Step 3 - Harvest Basil
One of the most important parts of caring for Basil, and caring for most herbs for that matter, is actually utilizing your herbs. To continue to allow your Basil plant to grow fresh leaves and always have the freshest herbs possible, consistently harvest the leaves. Use a sharp knife and cut off the leaves that seem the brightest green.
Most often, the smaller, brighter leaves will be younger than the others and therefore, more potent and flavorful. If you notice any leaves have dried out or died, you should remove those leaves to make room for fresh ones. Again, simply using your herbs consistently in your home cooking will keep the plant well-trimmed and keep new, fresh leaves growing.