Basil belongs to the labiate family, Labiaceae and is thought to have its origins in India. It can now be found all over the world mostly in many variants, all of them equally affected by cold and bad weather. However in sunny and sheltered places with light soil or in pots the basil grows fast and can be harvested until the cold prevents it. It cannot handle any frost whatsoever. Use it fresh preferably but dried basil is okay. Fresh leaves can also be put in oil or vinegar or frozen as pesto.
SOWING: Sow very shallowly indoors 6 weeks before setting out at 25 cm of mutual distance when the risk of frost is over and the soil has warmed up.
SEEDS: 700 seeds/g, one portion yields about 150 seedlings.