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Growing Basil at Home

Updated: May 1, 2023

Basil is a very popular and easy-to-grow herb that can be grown in a garden or in pots indoors.

Why Should We Grow Basil?

Did you know Basil has been on this earth for ages, historians say around 5,000 years ago! This lovely smelling herb was used by many for cooking and medicine purposes.

There are many benefits to eating Basil for example; it can help you with your digestive system, boosts your immunity (helps you fight off colds), produces oils that can help you feel better if you are feeling worried or nervous and is proven to help with sleep.

You can easily grow your own Basil with seeds, soil, a place that has good sunlight and water. To start your journey you can use the Garden Patch (mini starter kit), prepare a pot to grow the herb indoors or find a patch in your garden.

Here are some simple steps to help you grow Basil:

  1. Choose a good location: Basil needs full sun (at least 6 hours a day) and well-drained soil. If you are growing it indoors, make sure to place it near a sunny window.

  2. Start with seeds or seedlings: You can start basil from seeds or purchase seedlings from a local nursery. If you are starting with seeds, sow them in small pots filled with moist potting soil, and place them in a warm, sunny location.

  3. Water regularly: Basil needs consistent moisture, but not too much water. Water the soil when it feels dry to the touch, but do not overwater.

  4. Fertilizer: Basil benefits from occasional fertilization with a balanced fertilizer.

  5. Pruning: As the basil grows, pinch off the top two sets of leaves when it reaches 6 inches in height. This will encourage the plant to bush out and produce more leaves.

  6. Harvesting: Harvest basil leaves when they are mature and large enough to use. Cut the stem just above a set of leaves, which will encourage the plant to continue growing.

Adding Basil to your Recipes

  1. Pasta: Add basil to pasta, especially pasta sauces.

  2. Pizza: Basil can be added to pizza topping. You can add fresh basil leaves to your pizza toppings before baking for a delicious and aromatic pizza.

  3. Salads: Add fresh basil leaves to your salads for a fresh and herby flavor. Basil goes particularly well with tomato-based salads.

  4. Soups: You can add fresh or dried basil to your soups to give them a delicious herby flavor, particularly tomato-based soups.

  5. Sauces and dips: Add basil to your homemade sauces and dips like salsa, hummus, or guacamole for a fresh and flavorful twist.

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