Description – Essential for authentic Italian cuisine, this sweet basil is one of the most popular varieties, with a strong clove scent and distinctive fresh flavour.
Try growing basil on the kitchen windowsill or in convenient containers outside the back door.
Sowing – February to June, in pots or trays on the surface of barely moist seed compost and cover with a sprinkling of finely sieved compost. Place in a propagator at 20-25°C (68-77F) until germination, which takes up to 21days.
Growing – Transplant seedlings individually to small pots or cells until large enough to plant outdoors. Plant 30cm (12in) apart in well prepared soil in full sun, once frost risk has passed. Can also be grown in a pot indoors. Height to 30cm (12in). Trim to keep shape and height
Aftercare – HARVESTING Indoors for much of the year. Outdoors from June until frosts.
Harvest – June to October