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All things Basil

Tish Davies
Tish Davies
City to Country Life
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Funny I always think of the next post while writing the current one! non-GMO, organic seeds why it matters?! – Next post topic. Let’s talk Basil! First thing comes to my mind is the smell and aroma of basil. Whether cooking or sitting on a window ledge I love the sweet smell, probably 3rd to lemongrass and mint herbs. A little Basil goes a long way. I’ve planted these amazing seeds, what do you with all of the extra basil that grows?

At the beginning of our farming journey I canned EVERYTHING. I’ve found freezing is easier and saves more space for our family. The perfect recipe for freezing basil, is Pesto! You can add to tomatoes or simply use a fresh basil pesto recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed (can sub half the basil leaves with baby spinach)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Romano or Parmesan-Reggiano cheese (about 2 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts (can sub chopped walnuts)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (about 3 teaspoons)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, more to taste

Skip the cheese if you plan on freezing.

How does your basil grow? You purchased your organic, non-GMO seeds from Davies Family Farm! Thanks!

Flavor: Spicy.

Preparation Ideas: Use in salads, tomato & cheese dishes, soups and omelettes!

Plant Type: Herb

Fill Weight (grams): 0.25

Grows Best In: Full Sun

Days to Germination: 5-10 Days

Days to Maturity: 85 Days

Planting Depth: .25″

Seed Spacing: 10″

Growing Height: 18-24″

Best Container Size: 12″+

Instructions: Start seeds indoors near a sunny window 6 weeks before transplanting to the garden. Or, so in the garden in full sun when the danger of frost is over and the ground is wwarm. Performs best in rows 2 feet apart. Thin if planted outdoors, or transplant if started indoors to 1 plant every 10 inches when plants are a few inches tall.

Suggestions: Remove flower buds to encourage leaf growth. Begin harvesting all but 2-3 leaves at the base of each branch before flowers bloomo. Preserve leaves by drying or freezing.

pesto, basil, organic food