Growing fresh herbs comes in handy while trying out different recipes. My favorite herb is basil. I put it in almost everything, sauces, marinades, soups, pizza, etc. I always grow my basil plants in containers so I can bring them indoors if need be. Here are a few tips and tricks I have learned through trial and error.
1. Mulch basil plants
Basil plants need abundant water. So, adding mulch will help the plants retain moisture. Make sure to water the plant at its base and not all over its leaves and the soil should be well-drained with a neutral pH.
2. Place basil plants in a sunny window
Basil is super sensitive to the cold and needs about six hours of sun each day. If growing basil indoors, position the plant in a sunny window.
3. Harvest with care
Try not to bruise or blacken the leaves when collecting basil leaves. Start cutting from the top and walk your way down the branches.