Plantidote of the Day 2011-08-29
One of the few plants that survived in the garden during the recent pseudo-summer, and I'm happy it did! You can put it in so many different dishes -- like spaghetti sauce, pizza, bruschetta, and pesto, to name just a few.
If you want something a little more exotic, there are all sorts of different basils. The purple variety ('Dark Opal') and the lemon basil (shown above) were both easy to grow and tasted great -- definitely different than sweet basil.
Even if garden season is winding down where you live, you can still grow fresh herbs all winter. All you need is a window sill, some seeds and a little soil. Or here's another option: buy a bunch of basil (or whatever herb you'd like to grow) at the store or farmers market and put a few leaves in water. They'll sprout roots, making an entirely new plant!
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