Growing herbs, especially basil, in your square foot garden is an excellent way to have a kitchen garden right outside your back door. Herbs mixed with fresh vegetables like peppers, tomatoes, carrots, radishes, leeks, and beets is easy to do with Mel Bartholomew’s method of square foot gardening.
If you haven’t picked-up a copy of Mel’s book entitled All New Square Foot Gardening, you really shouldn’t delay. In it, you will find a wealth of information about growing basil. Along with learning to grow basil, you will find helpful information on growing other herbs like cilantro, mint, and oregano. There are many varieties to choose from.
Basil, particularly ‘Sweet Genovese’, is the best for Italian pesto. But, be sure and experiment with basil flavors like cinnamon, licorice, and lemon which are also good in many dishes. Six plants of “Sweet Genovese’ will yield enough leaves to make pesto all summer long without you being overwhelmed. Of course, it’s easy to freeze any variety of this wonderful herb if the need arises.
Another variety to try, especially if you are fond of Asian cuisine, is ‘Siam Queen’. A spicy Thai basil, with an intense flavor and fragrance all its own, makes it a great choice. Another great choice is ‘Holy Basil’ which was introduced to Europe in the sixteenth century as a culinary and medicinal herb. You will want to experiment and have fun growing all the different varieties of basil in your garden.
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