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Welcome to our basil growing guide. Below is a long series of articles covering every aspect of growing basil whether it be indoors or outdoors.  Our guide includes how-to grow basil in many different ways as well as to diagnose and fix any basil-growing problems you may encounter.

5 Different Types of Fertilizer for Growing Bigger, Better Basil

Supercharge your basil efforts with this age-old gardening hack which is adding fertilizer. Here are the five best fertilizers for basil. 1. Nitrogen-rich fertilizers Basil is a heavy feeder and requires a steady supply of nitrogen to support its rapid growth. The solution is to use fertilizers that are high in nitrogen, such as ammonium …

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9 Ways to Get a Much Bigger Basil Harvest (Tips)

Are you sick and tired of never having enough fresh basil? Do you find yourself running out to the store to get more basil while your plants at home grow slowly? Boy do I feel your pain! I’ve been there.  There’s nothing more frustrating than planting seeds and only getting a “meh” harvest, right? When …

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How to Chop Basil for Spaghetti

Chiffonading (term used when cutting back into ribbon strips) is a simple process. It entails picking the perfect leaves, washing, drying, and patting them dry, organizing them based on size, then cutting. I find that it is an enjoyable process that helps develop my motor skills (yes, adults need that too). Trendy and tasty, basil …

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7 Reasons Why Your Basil Plants are Wilting (and How to Solve It)

Basil plants are a fairly common staple in the garden of most warm climate gardeners.  While many people think of basil as an Italian plant, the truth is that there are varieties of basil all over the world.   The plant has different flavors depending on where each type of basil originates, but nearly all …

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How to Germinate Basil Seeds (Properly!)

Basil Seed Germination I think every gardener goes through the phase of planting seedlings and eventually takes a whack at starting a plant directly from seed. After all, it is a natural evolution to learn how to garden right from the start! Sometimes this process can be tricky! There are some plant seeds that take …

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How to Fertilize Basil Plants for Your Best Harvest Ever

Hi there, my fellow basil fan. If you’re reading this article, you’re either planting your own basil for the first time, or you weren’t happy with the last harvest you had from your basil plant. Perhaps you slacked on watering and pruning, or you forgot about fertilizer. Either way, I’m here to help! We’ll be …

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9 Ways to Speed Up Basil Plant Growth for a Faster Harvest

Basil can be a fun plant to grow, and when you do it right, the results can be extraordinary. The key to remembering everything you need to know about basil is that it is a plant that likes warmth and likes extremely moist soil. When you grow it, you will soon become addicted to its …

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How to Harvest Basil Seeds: Everything You Need to Know

Harvesting Basil Seeds If you’ve read all of our other articles about caring for basil – whether it be identifying dying basil, dealing with bolting basil, browning basil, growing basil indoors, keeping away basil pests, or dealing with overwatered basil, and when to harvest basil leaves – you’re probably an expert by now. So you’ve …

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4 Ways to Protect Basil from Cold Temperatures

Protecting Basil from Cold Basil is a wonderful, tender annual plant that will completely uplift your cooking life if you can grow it in or around your home. However, the more that you learn about basil plants, the more you understand that they are quite the high-maintenance herb! What are they most sensitive to? Dips …

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3 Ways to Tell your Basil Plant is Over Watered

Dealing with Over Watered Basil Just because it is a popular herb, doesn’t meaning that growing basil is a simple task. The more you learn about basil plants, the more you will find just how particular and high maintenance they really are. Basil is over sensitive to a lot of different conditions, and the most …

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7 Reasons for Basil Browning and Solutions!

Browning Basil The more you learn about basil, the more you start to understand that it is actually a pretty high maintenance plant. But that doesn’t mean that it’s fragile! As long as you can maintain the ideal growing conditions of a basil plant, it will reward you with gorgeous tasting and smelling foliage. Whether …

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How to Prevent and Control Basil Plant Pests

Basil Pests The more you learn about basil care, the more that you start to understand just how high maintenance of an herb basil is. That being said, the flavor and aroma of basil plants makes all of the effort completely worth it. There is something that loves the taste of basil foliage more than …

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3 Ways to Prevent Basil from Bolting

Bolting Basil Have you ever gone to trim your basil plant to garnish a pasta dish or a cocktail, and found the flavor of the leaves to have changed? Well, there is a perfectly reasonable explanation for this event, and it’s even something that is preventable! Your basil plant has bolted, but not to worry. …

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How to Tell When Your Basil Plant is Ready for Harvest!

Harvesting Basil Basil is truly divine for so many reasons. It smells lovely, looks lovely, and tastes lovely. It is wonderfully easy to grow (as long as you know the tips and tricks) and it can grow prosperously in your outdoor herb garden or indoor windowsill garden! Though it may seem obvious to some, there …

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How to Fix Woody Basil Stems (and Prevent It as Well)

Basil is a lovely annual herb that can be used in a variety of ways. It’s also simple to cultivate and may be extremely prolific given the right growing circumstances. Basil plants, on the other hand, are susceptible to a variety of problems, one of which is the development of woody stems. The good news …

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Are Eggshells Good for Growing Basil?

You can use eggshells in several different ways to grow basil. It is great for amending soil and adding nutrients. Or, you can use eggshells as tiny pots to start your seedlings. Either way, you are recycling kitchen waste to grow something new.   Whether you put your eggshells in your compost pile, crush them …

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How to Transplant Basil Plants (8 Steps for Doing it Right)

The breed of plant that we have all grown to love in many a favored savory dish is basil. Many of us love it so much that the thought of purchasing it seems so bland. Why not have it in your home or garden where you can enjoy it whenever you want? Basil is an …

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How to Bring a Dead Basil Plant Back to Life (Yes, it’s possible)

Basil is a popular herb and the plants are not particularly sensitive. However, any plant can be affected by things in the environment, or the way it is treated, and wither and die. If you notice your basil plant dying, take note of what may be wrong and how to bring it back to life. …

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How to Grow Basil in a Raised Garden Bed (and What Not To Do)

Growing basil in a raised bed is easier than you think. Basil is a hardy herb that adds both lush greenery and a sweet fragrance to your outdoor garden. It is an herb you almost don’t want to harvest because its scent is as stunning as its leaves. You change your mind after you have …

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How to Grow Basil from Cuttings (Works Every Time)

Growing herbs is usually done in small to medium pots on kitchen windowsills. Sometimes a kitchen will have an herb wall in which small pots of herbs grow on a frame into which the pots fit. Other homeowners plant their herbs in raised beds like their flowers. Either way, you can plant basil from seeds …

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Are Coffee Grounds Good For Growing Basil? Everything You Need to Know

So you’re growing your own basil and want to know if you can use spent coffee grounds as fertilizer. Short answer: Yep, using coffee grounds to aid basil growth is a great idea!!  Read to learn why. I used spent coffee grounds and tea bags for some extra zip when I grew African violets. You’ll …

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What about recipes with basil?

We have you covered – check out our recipes with basil here.