Greek basil seeds
- Position: full sun, sheltered and warm or a sunny windowsill
- Soil: fertile, moist but well drained
The leaves of Greek basil are smaller than the more commonly available sweet basil, and their flavour is softer and slightly sweeter too, with just a hint of spice. They make excellent pesto and can be used to enhance the flavour of tomato based sauces and pizzas. Compact in habit, it will make an excellent plant for a pot, where it will thrive in a warm, sunny spot.
- Growing Instructions: Sow seeds into pots of free-draining seed compost on a warm, sunny windowsill or in a greenhouse from late spring. Protect seedlings from slugs and cold and keep well-watered as they grow. Plant out into the herb garden or into roomy pots or troughs from early summer, after all threat of frost has passed, allowing 15-20cm between plants. Pick plants over regularly and remove any developing flowerheads immediately to prevent bolting (running to seed) and to encourage lots of fresh young leaves.
- Sow: April-June
- Harvest: July onwards
- Approximate quantity: 200