Basil – the king of herbs

Garden gardeners worldwide know their versatility with more than fifty known species. However, growth habits, color and aromatic composition are different. This versatility makes it possible to grow basil in a flower garden, in a vegetable garden, in decorating perennial beds or in garden pots or hanging baskets.

Basil is a light plant to grow but does not like cooler weather conditions, it will grow in every sunny, well-pruned place. It is preferable to light sandy or loamy soils with a pH of 5.5-6.5. which for many of us is this kind of garden, especially here in Florida! During planting the soil must be kept moist for good germination and the plants will appear in warm weather in a few days.

However, Basil is not a drought-tolerant; therefore, the moisture content of the consistent soil ensures good growth. Moisten your feet! More you Mulch helps to preserve the moisture of the soil, to prevent weed growth and to keep the foliage clean.

Basil is regularly, but not too openly, infected, gradually growing, resulting in less delicious basil.

Basil height depends on breed, but can range from six feet to a few feet high; The flowers are small white, pink or purple spikes. The color and size of the leaves vary, depending on the variety: small, light green and smooth, large, toothed and dark purple.

Basil is harvested as flower buds begin to develop when leaves contain the most concentrated oils and provide the best flavors and fragrances. You can harvest the whole plant or cut or pinch the basil on a leaf or a few leaves, but remember to remove up to one quarter of the plant to help further growth.

Some cooks install it in a container near the kitchen cabinet to make it easier for recipes.

Source by Carolyne Roberts

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