PUR­PLE BASIL SO FRA­GRANT

South Burnett Times - - 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.

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