Monthly Archive: June 2018

Garden Wise: Getting the most out of your basil plants

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) with its rich, dark green leaves, redolent of anise and clove, is the most popular commercial culinary herb in America. Whether incorporated into pesto, paired with tomatoes and mozzarella or added to your favorite Italian dish, basil is a kitchen and garden staple. Along with its culinary popularity, what makes it so valuable to nurseries is its preference for a tropical climate. Even in warmer climates, it is a tender perennial. In local gardens, it is grown as a tender annual which provides nurseries repeat sales every spring.