Today it’s all about basil: how to grow, propagate, chop & freeze this versatile herb. Basil is one of those plants that grows almost anywhere and needs minimal care. It was the very first herb I ever planted and has been part of my herb garden ever since. First up is how to grow basil and then how to propagate basil from cuttings.
Basil is a must-have for any herb garden, and if you are a beginner, it’s the perfect herb to start with. Basil can be grown inside or outside and requires no special attention. Basil plants are readily available during the growing season and can be found year round in the produce section of grocery stores.
- Use a large container with good drainage and fertilized potting soil.
- Place the container where it gets at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.
- Water regularly so the soil stays moist.
By following these simple tips you will be rewarded with lovely fresh basil leaves for cooking and preserving.
All About Basil: How to Propagate from Cuttings
Harvest several basil stems cutting low on the plant. Snip each stem at an angle just under the lowest set of leaf nodes. Trim the leaves so you have a bare stem.
Place the snipped basil stems in jars of fresh water. It helps to change the water every few days, but I occasionally forget and the roots still grow just fine.
Roots will grow out of the stems in about two weeks.
Plant the rooted basil stems in fresh potting soil and water well.
This is a great way to get extra plants to give as gifts or to use for an indoor herb garden when the cold weather arrives. My favorite ways to use basil are in pasta sauces, grilled honey mustard chicken and caprese salad.
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How to Freeze Basil
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