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Basil Varieties and Basics to Growing

Learn the tricks to reduce disease and increase harvest

Fine Gardening – Issue 170
There’s a reason that even those who don’t have a vegetable garden still try to grow basil: because it’s delicious and almost as versatile in the landscape as it is in the kitchen. Gardeners have long been enamored with basil, appreciating its many attributes, including its ability to enhance flower beds, attract pollinators, and provide ubiquitous aromatherapy in pots on the terrace. A luscious herb irreplaceable to the cook, basil is the thing foodies say no tomato should be eaten without. This tricky herb, however, does require certain conditions to thrive. It also needs some specific attention through the season to prevent disease and to keep the plants from flowering too soon and becoming unproductive. Basil doesn’t have to be a gamble, though, if you thoughtfully select the best type to fit your needs and give it the right care.

 

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