|Mrs. Burn's Lemon Basil|
Here are a few good basil recipes from Renee's cookbooks:
Basil Vinegar Chicken, Green Bean Pate with Basil, Pickled Basil Beans, Herbal Jellies
Basil grows quickly and easily from seed sown directly into well prepared garden beds – but only if it is planted after both day and night temperatures have risen above 50°F (10°C). Seedlings thrive in warm summer temperatures planted in full sun in soil that has been well amended with plenty of compost or other good organic material.
To keep plants productive for the longest period of time, it is important to start harvesting by pinching the stems back to encourage branching growth and discourage plants from flowering. Once basil plants initiate flowering, it is nearly impossible to stop the process and the leaves of flowering plants are smaller and less flavorful.
|These basil plants are the perfect size for initial harvesting |
and shaping. Pinching the central stem of each plant back
by half encourages branching and abundant leafy growth
|Pinch the stems back half way down |
the plant just above the leaf axil.
|Leave no more than ¼ inch of stem |
above the leaf axil after pinching.
Fish emulsion is an inexpensive and
effective high nitrogen fertilizer that
organic gardeners rely on. Apply at
the dilution rate on the label.