Basil seems to do well pretty much wherever it’s planted, one of those green leafy plants loaded with nutritional benefits.
This one from seeds planted in a pot just as spring approached – photographed it settling in as night began after a full day of doing it’s favorite thing, basking in the sun, the more there is the better it likes it.
Basil if used to compliment a dish rather than overpower it has a lot of applications, but should be added as almost an afterthought at the last minute, if cooked for any time the flavor wanes appreciably.
From a single plant a few leaves can be taken every few days or so without impacting the plants health, and it will respond by producing more, but you need to remember to nip flowers in the bud to encourage the growth of new leaves.
In addition to an affinity for full sunlight Basil likes the rain also, preferring the soil it resides in to be a little damp with adequate drainage.
Pots are good for that but also furrows if well tended.
If you plant basil in a garden it’s best to keep each about a foot or so away from it’s neighbors, it seems to enjoy that and do better with a little elbow room, if given such space it can grow to a height of about two feet or so.
Basil is a great source of iron and said to be a detoxifier, and the oil good for the complexion I am told.I know women who make a hair rinse of basil that will leave a faint pleasant fragrance and they say it serves to strengthen hair as well.
Those blurred white objects in the background are begonias, some surprising health benefits are associated with them but that’s for another blog.
Needless to say every garden whether for food or just the beauty of flowers should be Monsanto free of their GMO “solutions”.