Starting Basil Indoors


How to Start Basil In Your Kitchen


I just got a question from Shaina about how to start basil so she could have fresh herbs in her kitchen.  Basil is an easy one to germinate, or start from seed.  And fresh basil tastes wonderful in so many dishes.  So this one is for you, Shaina, hope this helps:)


Just get a small pot, some seed, and sprinkle the seed right on top, water them in with a gentle shower from your kitchen sprayer, then cover up w/ a clear baggy. the best place to get them to sprout would be on the top of your refridgerator, as the heat from it will stimulate them to sprout. After they sprout, take the baggy off and keep them in a bright place. Once the sprouts get 4 leaves, pinch off the top 2 to get the plant to branch, each place you pinch, you should get 2 new branches right below the pinch. Once those get big enough, pinch and use for cooking, and you’ll then have 4, then 8 then 16 branches and so on. Feed at least once or twice/month and don’t let it flower, so you can get more greens off it. mmmm, now I want to try it!  I think I will be trying spicy globe basil, because it branches so easily and is a nice looking plant, plus, it should have great flavor too.


Spicy Globe Basil 

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