BASIL Italian Large Leaf
Annual - One Season Plant - Height 12 to 18 inches
A very popular versatile herb. Both fresh and dried leaves are used in seasoning meat, poultry, fish, many Italian tomato and pasta dishes. It is also used in salads, dressings and is the main ingredient in pesto sauce. Basil is wonderfully fragrant growing in the garden as well as spicy in your cooking. Approximately 85 days to maturity.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: Sow seeds outdoors after danger of frost has passed. Or start in flats earlier indoors 4 to 6 weeks before last frost. Cover seed with 1/8 inch fine soil.
SPACING: Leave about 18 inches between rows or use in group plantings,
THINNING AND TRANSPLANTING: Thin or transplant seedlings 8 to 10 inches apart when 2 inches tall. Indoors, transplant seedlings to individual pots and plant outdoors after danger of frost has passed.
GERMINATION: 2 to 3 weeks depending upon weather and soil conditions. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Basil grows best in a sunny location in moist, rich, soil. Pinch back plants to encourage bushiness and discourage flowering. Use pruned leaves or harvested plants fresh or dry them in a cool, well ventilated room. When dry, remove leaves from stems and seat leaves in an airtight jar or bottle. Basil can also be made into pesto sauce and then frozen for later use.