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Herb Basil Sweet Green

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Number of seeds per packet: 200. 

A half hardy annual. Easy to grow, ideal for windowsill growing, and favourite with cooks and gardeners worldwide.

The pungent leaves with a spicy, clove-like aroma, have a wide range of uses not only in the kitchen but when planted near tomatoes basil improves their flavour and helps deter whitefly.

Start off in a seed tray indoors. Sow all year round for growing instructions or February to June for transplanting outdoors.

Sow seed on the surface of good free-draining, seed compost. Cover with a fine sprinkling of vermiculite.

Place in a propagator or seal container inside a polythene bag and place at 20-25°C until after germination, which takes 14-21 days. Do not exclude light, as this helps germination.

Keep compost on the dry side at all times, water lightly as seedlings emerge. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm pots and continue to grow on indoors in cooler conditions.

Acclimatise to outside conditions for 10-15 days before planting out after all risk of frost, 30cm apart. Plant into vegetable borders or containers. 

Harvest leaves as required, outdoors May to October, all year round indoors.

Tear leaves rather than chop, to retain the aroma.

Preserve leaves by freezing or steeping in oil.

May, June, July, August, September, October.

Remember to label your plants.

From Thompson & Morgan.

If you purchase up to five packets of seeds only (any varieties), the P&P will be a total of £2 only. In order to qualify for this special P&P price you need to apply a code at the checkout, please click here for details and terms and conditions.

Please note we are able to sell seeds all year round. If for unforeseen circumstances these seeds are out of stock you can pre-order them and they will be dispatched as soon as they are available. Our customer service team will keep you informed on delivery details. If you pre-order your seeds in one year and take delivery in another, you will be charged the price quoted in the year that you ordered them in.

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