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Basil

Ocimum basilicum. Gardeners are eager to enjoy Basil's intensely aromatic leaves, so they generally seed too early, with poor results. This heavenly herb originated in Africa and can't handle life outdoors until evenings are warm. To prevent damping off, use good-quality starter mix, provide ventilation and water lightly until established. Direct-sow when soil and weather are reliably warm after all threat of frost has passed. Basil prefers rich soil; keep plants producing lushly by frequent trimming and fertilizing. Deer resistant. Annual. (OP.)

Average seed life: 3 years.

Napolitano Mammoth-Leafed Basil

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Napolitano has absolutely huge, light green, crinkled, savoyed leaves. Richly flavored, these mammoth leaves are perfect for serious pesto makers: picking these huge leaves makes annual pesto production a snap! Here's another idea: Layer the giant leaves on top of pounded boneless chicken breasts; cover them with soft herbed goat cheese and sliced, roasted red Bell Peppers; and roll them up like little jelly rolls. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and grated Parmesan and bake at 350°F for about 35 minutes (seam side down) with an inch of chicken broth in the bottom of the baking dish. Serve with marinara sauce and a side of pasta. (OP.)

One packet of about 300 seeds
Catalog #6080
$3.85
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Gardening Tips

Basil Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/8”-1/4”
Row Spacing:12”
Plant Spacing:10”-12”
Days to Germination: 5-10 days
Germination Temperature:65°-75°F

We know you’re itching to plant these, but . . . wait! Basil originated in the tropics and cannot thrive in cold weather. Direct-sow after all danger of frost has passed, spacing seed 1⁄2" to 1" apart in well-draining soil. To start as transplants, sow the Basil seed in seed starter mix 6 weeks before the last frost date. Provide heat, bright sunlight and good ventilation. Keep the growing medium barely moist, almost dry. Transplant the Basil seedlings outdoors after the last frost in a sunny spot with moderately fertile soil. Thin or space the plants in the garden 10" to 12" apart for proper growing conditions. Pinch back tops and flower buds to extend leaf production. Harvest the largest leaves from the top and sides to help create a bushier plant. Feed occasionally as needed with kelp or fish emulsion. Herbs dislike chemical fertilizers and Basil is no exception.

Basil-Basking Global Cuisine

Pesto: Not Just For Pasta
Pesto sauce made with homemade Basil is great on spaghetti, but have you ever tried freezing it and then stuffing pieces of it under the skin of a chicken before roasting? Use it in vinaigrette, spread it on Tomato sandwiches or on a burger instead of mustard. Put it in omelets, in soups, in Thai curries, in Potato salad. Spread it on swordfish steaks before you put them on the grill.