Growing Basil in your kitchen is more manageable then you think.  This week we’re going to show you how to grow basil inside so that you can add that little bit of “I-grew-this-myself!” pride to every meal.  This probably comes pretty easy to most of you that follow our site, but sometimes we need to acknowledge that some of our readers are very new to gardening or don’t have the time and are just looking to get their foot in the door.  But who knows, it could be a good refresher for some of you who have been gardening for well over a decade.  So lets begin :

When I ask most people what the first thing we need is they often say soil (or a preferred soilless medium).  But this is only true if you have a garden outdoors, and even then sometimes that’s not the case.  Because the real starting point is with the container.

For this there are many options, concrete, clay, stone, canvas, and plastic to name a few.  We suggest sizing up the space you’d like to keep the plant before deciding on a container type, windowsills can vary in size greatly.  Whichever you choose we suggest one that is well draining (with holes in the bottom) and has some sort of plate to contain the drainage.  We suggest immersing the container in some water and light cleaning solution but this isn’t necessary.

Basil trimmings and seedlings are quite fragile so we suggest growing from seed when possible to avoid damaging them during transplant.

Next, fill your pot three quarters full of course soil.  DO NOT COMPACT.  The looser the soil the easier your basil will take root.  At this point moisten your soil without soaking it.  While still damp spread your seeds.  You can spread seed about an inch or two apart or spread over the entirety of the container and pull those too close together once they have sprouted to about an inch in height to prevent them from strangling each other out.

Once planted fill the rest of the pot with fine soil or compost and still DO NOT COMPACT.  Moisten the top soil now and watch your plants grow!

They should germinate within a week.  Lightly water them daily to keep the soil moist (not soaked) and keep them near a south-facing window to get the best results.  Artificial lighting is also an option.  They require at least 6 hours of sunlight a day to grow properly but will often produce better results with more.

Use an organic or all natural fertilizer like Medi-One from Green Planet Nutrients to keep them getting the micro and macro nutrients they require.  Top the plant after its second set of nodes (where the leaves branch out) to keep it growing outwards.  When harvesting, if you’ve already recently topped it, you can take a few single leaves off without harming the plant.  You can also use your ‘tops’ that you’ve cut later by washing, drying, and freezing them.

The more you can top and harvest your plant, the more growth you’ll encourage.

 

And that’s it!  A 2 minute read and you’re ready to go grow your own basil!  So what are you waiting for?  Go grow!

Remember!  Send us any pictures of your plants or the food you’ve prepared using your own plants and we’ll share them on our social media!

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