Basil Seed Set (5 packets): Genovese, Greek, Mrihani, Sweet and Thai, organic
Family: Mint (Lamiaceae)
Annual, with first harvest at 70 days.
Select basils coming from Africa, the Mediterranean and the Orient, mainly used in cookery but of course also endowed with medicinal attributes, being very kind to the stomach and digestion. Full sized packets of 5 different types, excellent in soup, stir-fry, Asian cookery, and my favorite, PESTO. Culinary basils, such as Genovese (which is pretty much the pinnacle), Greek (which has the most concentrated true basil aroma), Mrihani (which is the licorice-flavored downy mildew resistant, savoyed type from Zanzibar), and ranging through the famously turgid “Lettuce Leaf” and ending up out on the edge with Thai, which has a spicy taste and very attractive shape and color to foliage, well, they all have their own attractions, especially on the dinner plate, I might add to this ridiculously long sentence. Basils prefer full sun, rich soil, and plenty of water. Sow in early spring indoors or in the greenhouse for an early start, or sow directly in the spring or summer garden. Barely cover seed, tamp well and keep evenly moist until germination, which takes about 6 days. Thin or transplant to 1 to 2 feet apart.
Price shown is a discount,
5 full-sized seed packets, certified organically grown
A bit of extra advice: Make sure the garden soil has really warmed up before direct seeding. If planting in pots, then make sure to harden off the seedlings to wind and sun before transplanting, and don’t transplant out too early, wait until the soil has truly warmed. Thataway the plant (and you) won’t suffer from transplant shock.