I love basil. It makes my summer worth the sweat. It makes your food come alive.
I would eat pesto on fresh pasta every day if I could. But ya know, you need variety and things like that. Still 50% of our lunches end up being this because it tastes so dang good. The other 50% ends up being super yummy salads, or campfire food over the fire pit in the backyard.
As you can imagine we end up going through quite a bit of basil during the summer. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but fresh basil from the grocery store can be kinda pricey. Somehow it also goes bad before I get around to using it. Either I forget about it, or it gets lost in the back of the fridge never to be found.
This is why we grow our own. And a lot of it. It’s cheap to grow, and you really don’t have to do much for it. Just water and weed as necessary.
10 Tips For Growing Basil Like A Boss
1) Water. I know this seems like a no-brainer, but it is suuuuuper important, and odds are you were gonna forget at some point. So this is your reminder: Water your dang garden every day, and douse it good. You eat food and drink water every day. Your plants need the same thing. This does not mean fertilize it every day (they make their own food), but you definitely need to hydrate it daily.
2) Brush your babies. Whenever you go to your garden to water, ruffle and brush the basil plants with your hands to stimulate growth.
3) Pinch the flowers. If you start to see flowers at the top of your basil plant, pinch it off. This ensures healthy beautiful plants. If you leave it on it will produce less leaves for you, and focus on spreading that seed.
4) Fertilize. You could either buy some plant food or use coffee grounds to fertilize with instead. I use coffee grounds with great results, and the only time I have used a store bought plant food…it killed all of my plants soooooooooo….
5) Pest control. If the bugs are buggin’ ya, try using liquid seaweed as your fertilizer for a while. You could also make a natural pesticide by mixing a teaspoon of natural dish soap per quart of water, and distributing it using a spray bottle.
6) Basil and tomato were meant to be together. Whenever I cook with tomatoes then chances are I’m using basil too. WE like them together but turns out THEY grow better together.
7) I’m all about that sun, ’bout that sun, no shadow! Remember when we were talking about the food and water every day thing? Your basil needs sun to make food so it can grow. Choose a spot that gets about 6 hours of sunlight a day when planting your basil.
8)Taller is not better. You should NEVER let your basil get taller than a foot. If you notice the basil starting to grow tall and skinny with less leaves and bigger spaces between them, then you should cut off the top to get it to the desired height.
9) You will rue the day you put rue and basil together. RUE IT!!! Okay, here’s the deal. Basil….it sort of hates rue. So don’t put them together. Got it?
10) Enjoy it year round. Bring it indoors in a pot by a window. You will need to fertilize less, and figure out how often you need to water by checking it every so often.
Now it’s time to garden it out, yo! I hope y’all were able to glean some knowledge from this list, and I hope your basil plants give you lots of love. Cause I love y’all, and you deserve basil.