absolutely love basil and wondered if it was possible to grow it
right throughout the year.
warm, frost-free climates annual basil will grow year round. In
colder climates, however, where frosts are a threat, the planting
of basil is best left until after all risk of frost has passed.
If you've planted basil in the garden and find yourself caught out
with bad weather, you can protect your plants by placing a cut-off
soft drink container (cut open at both ends) over the plant.
To ensure a long-lived,
bushy plant, pinch back shoots just above the point where two side
branches leave the stem. Remove any flowers that develop, as these
sap the plant of energy. (Flowers should be encouraged for propagating
If you live in an area
where you cannot grow basil year round, try freezing the leaves.
Half fill ice cubes with chopped leaves, cover with water or olive
oil, then place in the freezer. Ice cubes can then be added to stews,
casseroles, soups or sauces when desired.
Alternatively, you could
try growing basil inside on a sunny windowsill. Make sure you give
it plenty of water.
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
from the previous
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