PURPLE BASIL SO FRA­GRANT

Life & Style Weekend - - GARDEN - IN MY GAR­DEN WORDS: ANGIE THOMAS

Purple plants in the herb and vegie patch are eye-catch­ing and pro­vide a lovely con­trast to the masses of green fo­liage. Purple basil grows abun­dant bunches of deep purple leaves with a rich fra­grance and sweet spicy flavour. When left to flower, purple basil also has very pretty pink flow­ers that bees adore. Sweet basil is the more tra­di­tional bright green basil, with lots of lush and won­der­fully scented leaves that are per­fect for br­uschetta and home­made pesto. Basil is a warm sea­son herb and now is a great time to sow basil seeds. Choose a sunny or partly shaded spot in the gar­den or in a pot. It can even be grown on a very brightly lit win­dowsill in­side. Sprin­kle basil seeds di­rectly where they are to grow and then cover with a 3mm layer of seed rais­ing mix. Keep moist and basil seedlings will start emerg­ing in 10-12 days. Feed your basil ev­ery week with a liq­uid fer­tiliser to pro­mote lots of tasty and fra­grant leaves. Leaves can be har­vested from around six weeks af­ter sow­ing. Angie Thomas is a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist at Yates.

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