Learn more about how to grow culinary and medicinal Herbs and the kinds of garden designs and containers you can grow in.
How to Plant, Grow, Use and Harvest Basil
Why Grow Basil?
As a gardener and cook, I couldn’t bear to have a garden without Basil. This fragrant herb is not only grown for its flavour but also its many health benefits. I use it in our kitchen as much for its delicious taste as I do for its medicinal properties. Interested in growing basil? Try it in a pot, garden or on your kitchen bench as sprouts or microgreens. Every year, I allocate ‘prime real estate’ space to basil in pots, as well as around my garden. Read on for how you can use this versatile herb.
Basil Varieties – Which Basil should you Grow?
Basil (Ocimum Basilicum) is a member of the Mint family (Lamiaceae). Like its mint ‘cousins’, basil comes in a large range of aromatic varieties, with flavours to please even the fussiest taste buds. Annual varieties will last you a season and then provide you with free seeds. Perennial cultivars last much longer and are even better value. Here are a few suggestions:
- Sweet Basil and Genovese are two of the most popular basil choices for pesto as they have mild sweet flavours.