Nothing adds flavour to cooked dishes and salads so simply as freshly picked herbs from your garden. All the basil family are very frost tender. Aristotle Basil is a highly aromatic basil which forms an almost perfect round ball of leaves making it perfect for patio or window sill. What better way to use your basil than in your own home made pesto to mix with pasta, spread on white fish or chicken. Delicious!
Half hardy annual
Seed Count - 50
When to sow
In small trays of compost 0.5cm (1/4") deep, and lightly cover the seeds with a sprinkling of compost and place at a temperature of 15-20°C. Prick out seedlings individually to 7cm (3") pots one large enough to handle. Grow on in cooler conditions, then gradually harden off plants in a cold frame before planting out after all risk of frost has passed. Transplant to final positions 30cm (12") apart or into larger containers, or grow a few in pots on a light windowsill all year round, harvesting as required.
In April and May into shallow seed drills. Direct sown seedlings can be thinned to 15-30cm (6-12") apart and harvested as required.
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