Grow Bountiful Basil

Discover the tips to growing basil

This year I have a very bountiful crop of basil.  So much that I’m a bit overwhelmed when I visit the garden for just a snip of this and that.

I didn’t plant basil this year, so how did this happen?

Last year I had two wonderful plants that I let go to seed.  I shared here how to dry and harvest basil seeds.  Sometimes when you let a plant go a few seeds will fall into the soil prior to picking.

This is what happened in my herb bed.

When the last freeze finally left us I started seeing little specks of green popping through the soil. First it was two, then 6 and before I knew it I was counting in double digits.

I knew my herb bed couldn’t handle this many plants so I decided to transplant one by one.

Twelve plants were relocated into an 8 x 8 raised bed where I planted Chinese Noodle beans.   This still left me with about 8 more in my herb bed and I noticed the other day more are sprouting.

They started as just little bursts of wonderful and grew into these amazing bushes of healthy goodness.  Why are these plants so healthy?

Let me share the key element to my gardening secrets; I implement a very natural environment when nature and I work together.

One of the worst things we can do as a gardener is think we’re in control of the process.   If we keep things simple and implement techniques that benefit the land you’ll have a positive gardening experience.

Not perfect experience because gardening has never been about having a perfect journey.  Gardening was also never intended to be easy but there are things you can do to make it less difficult.

I want to invite you to dive into my blog and click the “Gardening” category.

Here you will find tips for amending the soil, growing crops, types of raised beds and I even have tips for beginners.  If you love projects check out the many fun things I have for the Garden.

No matter how many years you’ve been gardening we’re always learning, this is the beauty of it, it’s one of those adventures where the learning never ends.

Beginning this week I’ll start harvesting quite a bit of this basil so I can dry most of it and share later for gift giving. Do you do that with some of your herbs?  I find that others really enjoy things they can use.

Growing bountiful basil is a matter of healthy soil and I sometimes letting the plant sprinkle it’s seeds and surprise you in the spring.

Let your garden inspire and teach you.

 

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