Growing Basil

Growing and Using Basil

How to grow basil from seeds and transplant them into the garden or into pots. How to maintain basil to insure a high yield of leaves for cooking. How to harvest and use the leaves for cooking and an introduction to basil pesto.

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  1. alwatear

    very nice

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  2. superslyfoxx1

    I love basil.. Thanks so much for the information! I have lots of basil started. Maybe too many!

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  3. superslyfoxx1

    I love the fact you noted the pricing of the seeds versus plants. I got my seeds for the same price and almost all of them germinated.

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  4. 1949RL

    Very good job on explaining your method of planting and using basil.See ya.

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  5. jtjjbannie

    Sweet woman.

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  6. ExpGardener

    Thank you. I agree with you, the best food is made with fresh herbs. Take care,

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  7. ExpGardener

    Congratulations on the great germination rate and growing your own basil from seeds. I think planting the seeds is the best and most economical way to get your basil every year. At the end of the season, I let one of the plants go to seed and collect the seed tops in paper bags so the tiny seeds can be collected in the bag. Then I plant these harvested seeds next spring.

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  8. ExpGardener

    Great, you can never have too much basil ; ). Good luck to you.

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  9. ExpGardener

    Thank you. It is a simple method but it works.

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  10. boylebongo

    I’ve been growing basil for about a year now… We got our first plant from the grocery store. It grew so well and all the cuttings took. A couple months ago we got 2 new basil types in seed packets. I want to get a purple one, or licorice basil, still. 🙂 In all this time, however, my basil has never flowered. Maybe its because I always cut on it? We’re crunched for space so I have too – it grows so big 🙂 Thanks for your video!! I subscribed.

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  11. Jack T

    She grows good basil, and she’s pretty too.

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  12. rankindragon

    Your a wealth of information. I love basil and enjoyed hearing about it. I absolutely loved the fork trick. I’ll be using that someday! Thanks! 🙂

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  13. thegreangardener

    love your mint pach behind you 

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  14. Jack T

    Well, it appears that she’s growing good basil. She’s offering tips on growing it, and seems to grow it well. I think most men would find her attractive. I can grow most anything and cook most anything except macaroni and cheese, and I’m not sure why that is.

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  15. Jack T

    I grow basil on my deck on a old whiskey barrel half. Grows beautifully…I pick the leaves and don’t mess with the stem. The younger softer leaves are best.  Dried Basil has absolutely no comparison with fresh. When I make spaghetti sauce, I prefer all fresh rosemary, basil, oregano and parsley with vine ripe tomatoes. It’s incredible stuff. I have some home made chipotle peppers (smoked for 2 days) I can send you for your chili. But that’s cumin powder, not cumming 🙂

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  16. ExpGardener

    It sounds like you have a lot of success growing basil ; ). Flowers are not desired unless you want some seeds, so that is good.

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  17. 3FLYTE

    I first tasted basil at a Vietnamese restaurant. It was in pho, a type of soup. 

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  18. AeroMECH808

    Wow that’s strange. my i live in hawaii and my basil plants always give flowers, so i usually have to keep cutting or triming it to promote new growth for my salads. :0)

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  19. kokonutbaby1

    Hi, just subbed you..would like to know if you are removing the bottoms out of those little sunken pots behind there. I didn’t know if you just cut off the bottoms or just put holes in them. Did you just wish to keep them small or what was the reason for doing that?

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  20. Gehenna71

    LOOOL! Use the fork … My husband (he is the cook) goes mad every time something is missing from the kitchen. From bowls to knives, forks, spoons, chinese eating sticks, cutting boards, mixer, scissors, whatever usable goes missing :)

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  21. ExpGardener

    Oh, those are not pots around the basil, they are Gatorade and Powerade bottles with the tops and bottoms cut off. I use them as plant guards. They serve as little walls to deter slugs and snails from finding the young plants ; ). It is a little extra work to be organic ; ). Thanks for the post.

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