Get your basil go­ing

Gardening Australia - - YOUR PLANNER -

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.

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