Written by Kristen of Dine and Dish.
I don’t have a green thumb. I’ve tried and tried gardening throughout the years but for some reason, it’s not a skill I can seem to grasp.
With that said, I am probably not one who should be sharing gardening tips with you, however, I have found one thing I can grow really well and if I can grow it, I know you can too. Fresh basil!
Fresh basil is one of life’s little pleasures, in my opinion. It grows big and plentiful, has a most wonderful aroma and can add the perfect amount of garden fresh flavor to your recipes. Every variety of basil I’ve tried to grow has succeeded without a lot of extra attention from me. Low maintenance, easy to grow, and high on yield… that’s my kind of plant!
Tips for Growing Fresh Basil
- Plant or seed? When deciding between starting out with a basil plant or seed, I strongly suggest to start with a plant. If you like immediate gratification, you’ll want to choose a plant, as a well tended basil plant begins growing immediately and you’ll see quick results. Choosing to go the seed route just means waiting longer for your basil plant to produce.
- Garden versus pot? Basil grows well in both pots with a good drainage system or a well tended garden space. If you live in a climate with ever changing temperatures, I suggest planting basil in a pot. Basil has a tendency to be finicky when it comes to colder temperatures, so having the ability to bring the pot indoors in changing climates will help to preserve your basil plant.
- Soil: Basil likes fertilized soil. Add fertilizer to the soil once a month to keep your basil plant happy and producing well.
- Harvesting: What I enjoy most about basil is, when tended correctly, it is a vibrant, producing plant. To harvest, simply snip off the leaves you need towards the top of the plant. It will continue to grow and produce and with luck, you’ll have fresh basil all year long!
Even if your thumb is closer to black than green, give growing fresh basil a try. You can’t beat the flavor of fresh basil added to your pasta, eggs, pizza, etc. The possibilities are endless.
|Cucumber Basil Bites||
- 1 large cucumber, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
- 2 Roma tomatoes, cut into 1/4 inch rounds
- 4 large, fresh basil leaves, diced
- 1/3 cup Gouda cheese, shaved into ribbons
- 3 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
- Kosher salt and cracked black pepper, to taste
- Arrange sliced cucumbers on a serving platter. Top each with 1 tomato slice, a sprinkle of basil, 1 Tablespoon Gouda cheese and a drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar.
- Sprinkle with Kosher salt and cracked black pepper to taste.
- Refrigerate and serve cold.
What herbs do you grow at home?