I love basil. I love the way it looks and smells and tastes and grows and I love that it comes in so many wonderful varieties and that you can use it in so many different recipes and styles of cooking..
I like to grow my basil from seed in 4 week intervals, and have been growing much more than a normal person probably should, but I have realised that if I had enough basil I would use it in every single meal. I start my seeds inside because there are some grumpy looking brown caterpillars outside that love to devour my tiny basil seedlings.
I have five different kinds of basil seeds growing at the moment – Thai, lemon, cinnamon, purple and sweet basil.
When they get to the stage where the first true leaves are the same size as the baby leaves I re-pot them into 20cm pots with two per pot. I use a mixture of vermiculite, compost and potting mix.
I like to keep my basil plants with my tomato plants and marigolds. When it rains the smell is incredible. I fertilise them with dynamic lifter and I also add about a teaspoon of coffee grounds and a teaspoon of powdered eggshells once a fortnight. My tomatoes and roses also love this. They also get a liquid fertiliser once a month.
I use pine bark chips as mulch around the base of my pots to keep the soil slightly acidic. If I see any signs of flowers developing I pick them out with my finger and thumb nails. I am lucky enough to live in a climate where I can grow basil all year round to satisfy my hunger for it.
That is all for today.. maybe not. It is raining and I haven’t got anything to do. I am going to go and stare at my seed trays and urge them to grow. Take care, everyone!