Get your basil going
Basil thrives in the warmer months, so the earlier you get your seeds or seedlings going, the sooner you will be enjoying homemade pesto. In cold areas, keep your babies in punnets or pots on a sunny windowsill until it feels warm enough to plant them outside.
Sweet basil is the most popular choice for growing in the garden, and it loves a moist, fertile soil. Reserve a spot for it in your vegie patch or flower border, or grow it in a large container filled with a 50:50 blend of compost and potting mix. It’s always good to start in spring with more plants than you think you need so that you can guarantee a quick, steady supply of leaves. As your plants mature, thin them out and allow just one, two or three plants to grow to full size.
While you’re thinking flavour, check on your other herbs to see if anything needs replacing. Do you think you’ll need some sage for the Christmas turkey, or rosemary to add to the barbecued lamb? How about some more parsley for summer salads? Spring is a great time to get many of your favourite herbs established.