is one of the most popular of all the summer herbs and if
you like cooking with tomatoes you'll already know that nothing
compliments them better than fresh basil. But did you know
that basil is also really easy to grow? Here's how.
When selecting a site in the garden, choose a sunny, well-drained
position for your basil plants. They like the soil to be rich
enough to hold all the nutrients they need for their soft,
lush growth, so dig in plenty of organic plant food like 5 in 1® to give them a really good start.
Next, choose your basil! There are so many different types
this may not be as easy as it sounds. The purple-leaved varieties
not only taste good, but they look great in salads. If space
is limited, try bush or Greek basil, a compact plant with
tiny leaves. If you just want a burst of pure basil flavour,
you can't go wrong with the ordinary sweet basil.
Basil is a fast growing herb and when it's young it tends
to dry out quickly in hot weather so you'll need to water
regularly. To maintain healthy growth, fertilise every two
weeks with SeaMax® Fish & Kelp.
Basil leaves can be picked as you need them from an early
age. Regular pruning throughout the summer will keep the plants
compact and stimulate the leaves to develop better flavour.
To increase the life of your plants, prevent them from flowering
by pinching out the buds before they mature.
here's your checklist for great basil:
Plant in a sunny, well-drained position
Keep plants well watered in hot weather
Fertilise fortnightly with SeaMax® Fish & Kelp
Remove flowering buds as they develop.
you'll be ready to treat your family to the tastiest tomato
dishes using fresh basil.
Happy Gardening with Searles from the Searle family.
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