- Position: full sun, sheltered and warm or a sunny windowsill
- Soil: fertile, moist but well drained
No Italian cooking is complete without the aromatic flavour of basil, a tender leafy herb with fat, glossy green leaves. Grow in a container in a sunny spot on the patio or indoors on a bright windowsill and keep well-watered for a plentiful supply. Chop finely over tomatoes or blend with olive oil for the best pesto ever.
- 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: 750