There’s no doubt the difference fresh herbs makes to a meal. They add flavor, aroma and can be used as an excellent garnish. But buying them can be pricy and wasteful. A good quality bunch will cost up to $2.00 and on most occasions you will not use the entire contents of a package.
Herbs are simple to grow and can be easily cultivated indoors. For me, they induce a feeling of kick-ass triumph for actually growing something I can eat! Find out how you can get your kitchen garden started today with a Basil plant.
Basil is fragrant, peppery and compliments many dishes. My boyfriend and I received small individual pots of planted basil seeds as a party favor and after a few weeks of care; our plant is flourishing with lush aromatic leaves. We are no green thumbs and were amazed at how easy they were to care for.
Tips on how to grow Basil.
- Plant Basil seeds in small individual pots of well-groomed soil and place in a location that is warm with good exposure to sunlight.
- Sprinkle a few drops of water over the soil everyday.
- When the seed begins to bud with small leaves. Re-pot the plant into a larger container. Continue to water everyday.
- When the leaves are fragrant and have grown to full size, make sure to pluck and use them immediately. This is when they are at their peak freshness!
- If a flower begins to grow on the plant, pinch off the flower bud and two sets of leaves below. A flower bud will remove much of the flavor and aroma from the leaves.
- Basil flourishes in warmer conditions and will not survive cold weather or frost. This is why they make ideal indoor plants.
- Basil can be used in pesto, salads, stir-fries, pasta, and much more. Stay tuned for a recipe I’ll put together with fresh basil right from the kitchen garden!