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Curated for container and raised bed gardening, each seed pack represents 1 square foot of garden space - Perfect for planning your LifeSpace Garden.
Basil is a delicious and delightful herb widely used around the world in cuisines and even for religious ceremonies. Perfect for growing in your LifeSpace Garden during the warm summer months.
Seeds per Pack: 8-12 | Spacing per square foot: 4
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How Do I Grow Basil?
Basil is easy to grow from seed and you can start the seeds indoors about four weeks before the last spring frost. Start 1-2 weeks after your Tomatoes.
With your basil seeds, sow more than you think you will need, only 60% of the seeds will germinate. Sow about 2-3 seeds per cell, 1/4"deep. Cover them with soil and moisten the soil with water. Once the seed has germinated, thin them to one plant per cell.
When you transplant outside, don't rush it! Make sure nighttime temperatures are above 10 C because the basil will not survive the cooler temperatures. Make sure to keep your reservoir well watered because basil needs moist soil to flourish, and be sure to keep weeds out of your containers. Plan on harvesting all your basil before the first fall frost.
Harvest basil by pinching the stems just above the leaf node, where new ones will grow. Harvest basil regularly to encourage continuous production, and to ask the plant to bush out and remain lush instead becoming tall and woody. The more basil you harvest, the more it will grow!
2 tbsp: Vitamin K (27%), Vitamin A (6%), Manganese (3%), Omega-3 (16.6mg), Iron (1%)
Preparing and Using
Basil gets its best flavor from the smaller leaves that make up the growing tips of the plant, one of the reasons to harvest from the top. Basil doesn’t do well when refrigerated, so keep fresh basil in a jar of water for a few days. Basil can also be dried or frozen.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
You can grow basil successfully indoors in a pot by a bright window. Grow basil with other plants, it thrives and gives you a nicer flavour.