If you choose to grow just one herb at home this year, basil should be a top contender. Because this fragrant garden favorite is so easy to grow in the right conditions, you’ll be grateful for the time you spend growing basil.
Tropical areas of southeast Asia have been growing basil for over 5,000 years, and this aromatic herb can be used as a savory enhancer in a wide variety of dishes. You don’t have to limit yourself to pesto; spaghetti sauces, pizza, fish dishes and fresh tomatoes all taste incredible with a little basil mixed in.
As an added benefit, your homegrown basil will be far cheaper and healthier than anything you can find at the grocery store. So what are you waiting for?
Start Growing Basil
Basil grows as well in a sunny windowsill as it does in your garden. Follow these tips to have the best chance of success.