Basil Sweet (Occimum basilicum)
Basil is a popular, half-hardy to tender herb used in a variety of summer dishes, and works particularly well when eaten with
Basil is a popular, half-hardy to tender herb used in a variety of summer dishes, and works particularly well when eaten withtomatoes. It may also be grown with tomatoes, used as a companion plant to deter whitefly.
Native to dry scrub in Africa and Asia, basil requires a lot of heat to thrive, and can be prone to downy mildew. There are many varieties to choose from, however, some of which have been bred to withstand cooler conditions.
Basil ‘Sweet Genovese’ is considered to be one of the best varieties of aromatic basil, hailed for its sweet-flavoured leaves and soft texture. Sow seed indoors in a greenhouse or on a warm windowsill, and move plants outside in summer. Water plants sparingly, ideally before noon so the roots have time to dry out before temperatures decrease in the evening. Harvest leaves regularly and remove flowers to concentrate the plant’s energy on leaf production.
Sun exposure:Full sun
Aspect:South facing, west facing
Soil:Well Drained / Light / Sandy