Basil Growing Guide

Basil

Crop Rotation Group

Miscellaneous 

Soil

Rich soil.

Position

Sunny, sheltered position.

Frost tolerant

No.

Feeding

Not usually required.

Companions

Tomato, Pepper, Purslane and Lettuce.

Spacing

Single Plants: 20cm (7") each way (minimum)
Rows: 15cm (5") with 25cm (9") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow directly into soil in early summer or under cover in pots.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Plants raised in a greenhouse or under cover will have softer leaves. Pinch off flower buds as they appear to keep the plant productive.

Harvesting

Harvest leaves a few at a time to keep the plant cropping.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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