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August 27, 2013 - GrowOrganic
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Video Transcript
Hi I'm Tricia an organic gardener. I grow organically for a healthy and safe food supply, for a clean and sustainable environment, for an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Basil is a wonderful herb that is a delicious part of both Asian and Western cuisine I'll show you how to grow great basil. Basil is a relative of mint although mint is a perennial basil is a warm weather annual and easy to grow from seed There are many types of basil such as Thai basil noted for its unique flavor purple opal basil that boasts glossy magenta foliage and lavender flowers and spicy globe basil that grows in a compact mound and that's just to name a few. Basil grows best in six to eight hours of sun and it tolerates a wide range of pH from five to seven but its absolute favorite is six point four. If you want to start your basil indoors do it about six to eight weeks before the last frost. For more information about seedling care check out our video on caring for your seedlings. Basil can also be direct sown after the last frost sow the seed evenly a seeder can help a lot dealing with the small basil seeds cover the basil seeds with about one-quarter inch of soil or compost. Keep the bed moist while the seeds are germinating and don't worry if you have a low germination rate that's kind of normal for basil. Keep the area weed free you can tell the basil seedlings from the weeds by the basil's distinctive D-shaped leaves born opposite to one another add a loose straw mulch your basil plants. Basil likes even moisture don't over water or it won't taste good but under watering can stunt the growth Use drip or hand water the plants at the base basil plants do not like overhead water. Harvest your basil as needed start by pinching off the fresh young leaves if you want to take a whole stem just cut it back to two leaves and that way your basil plant will continue to get bushy pinch out the flower stalks as soon as you see them unless you want the flowers for your salads or if you're growing an ornamental basil like purple opal. Leaving the flowers will make the plant a little bit woody and that will affect the flavor make a little bit a bitter leaf. Basil is an annual so it will eventually flower and die so you cant stave off the flowers and seed heads forever as soon as you pick or cut your basil put it in a vase of water to keep it fresh then you can preserve it by either freezing it or drying it. To dry it hang it upside down in small bunches leave it for a week like this in a warm dry well-ventilated room. Freezing basil is another great preservation method and frozen basil taste more like fresh. One freezing method is to chop up the basil and then add a little bit of water and put it into your ice cube trays. You can also put small quantities of fresh basil in plastic bags and then store them in the freezer. You can also freeze basil in oil just chop up about a quarter of a cup of basil and add two teaspoons of olive oil drop spoonfuls on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper and freeze once this mixtures frozen you can put the spoon fulls into a bag for easier storage use frozen basil within one year. Grow some organic basil mmmmm and grow organic for life!

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Vicki Says:
Sep 1st, 2013 at 9:49 am

Do you make these videos available as articles as well? I love the info, but prefer to get my knowledge from reading not watching.  Thanks for the informative stuff you provide.

Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Sep 10th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Vicki, Happy to hear you like the info! Sometimes the blog articles echo the video but usually the articles expand on a particular point. We are gradually getting transcripts made of each video and those appear just below the video, when available.

Thanks, very usefl. Says:
Oct 13th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

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