How basil makes life easier
Basil in tubs on the patio, in the garden, or on the window sill is a basic household essential. It also adds to any flowerbed as a decorative ornamental plant, thanks to its dainty flowers and distinctive colours. If you want to include this Mediterranean kitchen star in your flowerbeds despite the risk of snails, the young plants should be planted outdoors at the beginning of June. As a tropical plant, it grows extremely easily if its thirst for sun, light and water is quenched without restriction. It should be planted in loose, humus-rich soil which is not allowed to dry out. This kitchen herb is only able to cool its delicate leaves down to a level it can tolerate through excessive evaporation.
Practical advice: The more basil you pick, the bushier it grows. If you pinch off whole leaf shoots instead of individual leaves, you will ensure a constant supply of this royal herb.