SG573: Basilmania!


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Basil is my all-time favorite edible to grow in the garden. In fact, my first purpose for digging in the dirt every Spring is to plant my basil crop - and despite getting a late start after rotator cuff surgery, this year was no exception.

Like me, many gardeners associate the smell of basil with summer. Whenever I’m smell basil - that earthy, rich, fragrance with hints of mint and clove - I’m reminded of all the times I’ve sent my children out to harvest basil outside on the deck, where our kitchen garden is located. In fact, I’m thrilled that our basic pesto recipe is something all the kids can make by heart. In this house, I’ve cultivated not only a number of basil varieties, but also basil fans!

So what makes basil such a hot commodity in the garden? As the classic herb of summer, basil is a very well-rounded winner - from being a wonderful companion plant, cut-flower, easy propagator, bountiful producer, successful herb for preserving, a distinct aromatic addition to perfumes, a natural pest repellent, and absolutely amazing in the kitchen when used with an infinite constellation of recipes.

Today’s deep dive into basil is my way of playing match-maker between you and the King of Herbs. If you’ve never grown basil or cooked with basil, I want to make the introduction for you and if you’re already head over heels with basil (like I am), I want to give you even more reasons to keep your passion for basil alive.


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