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The Basil Grower’s Guide: All You Need to Know About Growing and Cooking with Basil

Please check out the brief video above, to learn what this premium gardening guide is all about—the video will give you a glimpse into all the content in this gardening guide, including history and background, planting tips, specific plant profiles, recipes, nutrition and health information, and resources to help you be the best food gardener you can be.

Basil is an essential herb for every kitchen—and with the ability to grow basil at home and get fresh basil all year long, taste-compromised dry basil has become, well, mostly useless. And basil is so easy to grow that, really, anyone can do…  READ MORE right arrow
Basil is one of the most common herbs grown by food gardeners and is enjoyed by cooks to flavor everything from spaghetti sauce to salads, vegetables, and pesto. With its origins thought to be a native plant to Southeast Asia or perhaps parts of Central Africa, basil has been…  READ MORE right arrow


Growing basil in your home garden is all about controlling and enjoying the growing process; being able to harvest and use fresh basil while it’s still fresh (not days or weeks old, like what you might buy in the grocery store); and saving money (store-bought fresh basil can be expensive, besides being not-so-fresh!).  READ MORE right arrow
Basil is an annual plant, but you can grow it year-round if you want to have plants indoors. And gardeners can grow basil directly from seed, because basil will germinate and sprout quite easily. If you’re planting from seed and are planning to grow your basil outside, start them indoors at least six weeks before the last frost of the season. Check your local listings for frost dates in your area.  READ MORE right arrow

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