Basil is a warm weather annual that is easy to grow from seed. Basil needs warm soil to germinate and can either be direct seeded or started indoors and transplanted into the garden in the late spring. Plant in an area that gets full sun and is rich in organic matter. Pinch flower tips to promote longer growth and more branching. Harvest throughout the growing season and before the first frost.
Plant for culinary or medicinal uses. Basil can be used fresh or preserved by drying for later use.
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