Monday, May 28, 2012

Growing Basil

Long ago I purchased basil starts, not knowing that growing basil from seed is very easy. On Sunday, I transplanted my tiny basil starts into larger places to grow. I sow the seed in a 4" pot, there were around 100 starts. When the plants have two sets of leaves, I transplant about 10 plants into their own 4" pots. I cut out the smaller starts, and leave the stronger, larger plants. I have a small greenhouse to grow my starts in, but a sunny window will work well. I let the plants grow to about 6" tall and transplant again...into the garden or large patio pots. I have found that a second planting later will provide nice basil for most of the summer months. I love fresh basil, and it dries very nicely in the microwave for the rest of the year. As Martha would say, It is a good thing!