Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is one thing I love to grow and love to eat.


I did a post on Basil Pesto last fall. It is fun to look back and see all that fresh basil. YUM!

I tried to start basil in the ground again this year, but didn’t keep a very close on on it and those darn pill bugs (roly polies) always seem to nibble it down to nothing again. So back to planting in pots.

A few more pots of basil

Basil is full of wonderful nutrients. It is an excellent source of vitamin C, calcium, vitamin A and phosphorus.  Basil is also a useful source of magnesium, potassium and iron.

I am growing a sweet basil, but there are so many other types of basil out there. To name a few:

My favorite way to use my basil is to make basil pesto. It is really very easy to make and keep in the freezer to use later.  I don’t follow any specific recipe, but here, and here, and here are a few you can look at if you want to make your own basil pesto.

Basil Pesto (the basics)

  • Fresh basil leaves (and tender stems)
  • Parmesan Cheese (grated)
  • Olive Oil
  • Pine Nuts
  • Garlic
  • Salt

I use a blender or food processor to blend it all together.

Do you grown any favorite herbs that you like to grow?

Sincerely, Emily

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8 Responses to Basil

  1. Dani says:

    My favourite too – yours looks a very healthy plant, and obviously loves it’s pot and spot 🙂

    • Hi Dani – The basil certainly likes that spot on the deck. I am one to stick with a good thing if it is working. One of the pots is a bit stunted and slow to grow, but that is alright.

  2. banbamama says:

    Your basil is amazing. I hope mine is as successful as yours. Nothing beats homemade pesto!

  3. Zonnah says:

    I am growing basil for the first time this year and it just is not doing very good. Yours looks great!

    • Zonnah, for me, it was finding the right spot. It is so hot here, that full sun wasn’t working for me. It now gets dapples light until later afternoon and a bit of direct sun there. I still need to water it everyday, but it is worth it. Have you tried “feeding” it? Do you think it might need a bit of fertilizer? If mine takes a turn and starts to look bad I water in some organic fertilizer.

  4. Zonnah says:

    I am thinking it does not get enough sun. A couple of the morning hours are shaded out by our shed. Next year I am going to try a different location and take your advice on feeding it.

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