How to grow basil
Sow basil seed 0.1cm deep in pots. Keep seedlings well ventilated and not too wet. Transplant 30cm apart when 5-10cm tall. Choose fertile soil in a sunny, sheltered site.
Keep your basil well watered. Regularly pinch out growing tips to encourage bushy plants and delay flowering. Basil can be grown in greenhouses or on a windowsill all year round.
Harvesting and using basil
Pick young basil leaves for use fresh or store by freezing, drying or infusing flavour by submerging leaves in olive oil. Purple leaved varieties have less intense flavour.