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Basil is a deliciously fragrant, quick growing herb that pairs perfectly with tomatoes, garlic and lemon. It is an annual in most areas, so it will die down in winter. Be sure to pick all the leaves before it does and dry or freeze them into butter cubes to make the most of your harvest!

How to grow basil in a garden

  1.  Choose a spot in your garden that is sunny, however basil will also do well in a partly shaded position. 
  2.  Sow seeds into well drained soil, enriched with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  3. Keep the soil moist and mulch with an organic mulch, such as sugarcane or lucerne. Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food to promote lots of healthy green leaves.
  4. Water the base of the plant rather than the leaves to help prevent leaf diseases.

 

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How to grow basil in a pot

  1. Choose a spot in your garden for your pot that is sunny however basil will also do well in a partly shaded position.
  2. Sow seeds into quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter. 
  3. Keep the soil moist and feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food to promote lots of healthy green leaves.
  4. Water in the morning at the base of the plant rather than the leaves to help prevent leaf diseases.
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Growing tips

  • Pinch out the tips of plants to encourage a bushy habit and remove any flowers that start to form.
  • Harvest leaves regularly to encourage more foliage.

  • Feed regularly to promote an abundance of lush green leaves.

  • For maximum flavour, pick basil leaves in the morning after the dew dries, but before the day heats up.



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