- Bushy Plant Growth Tip: Start pinching the plant when it reaches 6″ tall to promote bushy growth. When the plant produces a blossom, make sure to pinch the whole stem that produced it (not just pinching off the blossom itself) to promote plant growth and prevent a bitter-tasting herb (or at least 6 leaves deep from the blossom). If you want to harvest seeds from your plant for next year’s crop, let the blossoms go to seed toward the end of the season instead of pinching them off.
- Pick the top leaves of the plant first, this promotes neat plant growth.
- To promote flavor, trim basil back about once a week. The more the plant is harvested the better the flavor develops.
- Did you know: Some believe planting Basil and Tomatoes together enhances the flavor of both.
- Troubleshooting Tip: If a basil plant has pale green leaves or is yellowing, it’s because the plant isn’t getting enough nutrients. Feed it at least once a month if this happens (especially watch when growing indoors). Do not fertilize the plant unless necessary, too much feeding affects the taste of the herb. If you’re overwatering the plant, it will also affect leaf color like this.
- In Europe, basil is placed in the hands of the dead to ensure a safe journey. In India, they place it in the mouth of the dying to ensure they reach God. The ancient Egyptians and ancient Greeks believed it would open the gates of heaven for a person passing on.[
- How to Save Garden Seeds (brighthub.com)
- What Is Particular About An Italian Herb Garden? (backyardgardeningtips.com)
- How to Harvest Growing Herbs (bargaineering.com)
- How To Save on Groceries… By Growing Your Own (mint.com)
- Herbs on the windowsill (gardeningafterfive.wordpress.com)
- Growing Herbs for a Healing Garden (brighthub.com)
- Top 10 Herbs for Your Frugal Garden (frugalrecipes.wordpress.com)