By Bryan Meador
How To Grow: Basil
Growing basil from seed is a fun and rewarding project that can be easily accomplished with Plant Seads' Garden in a Box: Herbs kit. Follow these simple steps to get your basil plants off to a strong start:
Choose a sunny location for your vertical garden planters. Basil needs at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day, so a south-facing window or a sunny wall or fence is ideal.
Install your Sead Pod vertical garden planters using the mounting holes, adhesive strips, or hangers provided in the kit. Make sure they are securely attached and level.
Fill the planters with seed starting mix, making sure to leave a few inches of space at the top. Water the mix until it is evenly moist, but not soggy.
Plant your basil seeds a quarter of an inch deep and spacing them about an inch apart. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of seed starting mix and gently press down to ensure good soil contact.
Water the seeds again, making sure the soil stays evenly moist but not soggy. For extra credit, place a clear plastic bag or plastic wrap over the top of the planters to create a mini greenhouse effect and help keep the soil moist.
Keep the seeds moist and in a warm location (around 70-75°F) until they germinate, which should take about 7-10 days. Once the seedlings have emerged, remove the plastic cover and place the planters in a sunny location.
As the basil plants grow, water them regularly and fertilize every 2-4 weeks with a balanced liquid fertilizer. Pinch off any flowers that appear to encourage leaf growth.
With a little care and attention, you'll have a bountiful harvest of fresh basil in no time! Enjoy your homegrown herbs in salads, pesto, pasta dishes, and more.