Bril­liant basil

Country Smallholding - - Organic Growing -

It has been a long and abun­dant sea­son for basil, which has en­joyed the warmth. I keep the same plants go­ing all sum­mer by care­ful pick­ing, pinch­ing off the new shoots ev­ery week, or twice a week in hot weather, be­fore they make flower buds. In Au­gust, as the plants be­come larger and thicker, we pinch/cut out some stems in the mid­dle to give new shoots more space to de­velop, with less over­crowd­ing which oth­er­wise causes leaf rot in damp au­tumn con­di­tions. The basil pic­tured ( top left) has given two buck­ets of leaves ev­ery week since June. Let­tuce is sim­pler. Just re­move the outer leaves, say weekly, and also re­move to compost any leaves that are not edi­ble, plus the weeds and slugs you find.

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