Growing basil outdoors can be hard, but there’s one solution: Grow it in your backyard.
You just need to know where to plant and where to water it.
“The soil needs to be well drained to allow the water to penetrate into the plant,” says Jennifer Gazzola, a professor at the University of California, Davis, who studies the health of plants.
That means you need a container that is at least 4 feet (1.7 meters) wide and 8 feet (2 meters) tall, with at least three feet (0.8 meters) of room between the container and the plant.
You also need to be able to cover the plant with a plastic or ceramic mesh to keep it safe from moisture.
“You can’t grow basil outdoors if you can’t drain it properly,” Gazzana says.
To make sure the soil is well drained, soak the container in a little water for 20 minutes, then rinse it off with a damp cloth.
The container should be covered with plastic or plastic mesh to help prevent the soil from becoming moldy.
“Birds that eat the basil plant can get it and feed it to birds that eat birds that like to eat basil,” Gattani says.
If the soil does get moldy, Gazzia recommends soaking the container with warm water for 10 minutes and rinsing it off.
“Put the container on a clean surface and cover it with a layer of compost or other compost to encourage the growth of the basil,” she says.
Once the soil has soaked, cover it again with a clean layer of water.
“When you put this new layer of soil on the container, the water will run out,” Gatherings says.
“Once the water runs out, you can start to see a growth of new growth.”
The next step is to keep the container covered with the compost and water until it is completely dry.
“We are not doing anything to help the soil grow,” Gatto says.
You can keep the basil container covered for about a week or two.
“I think that will help prevent mold from forming,” she adds.
Gattia says it’s important to let the soil dry completely before you start planting basil outdoors.
She also says that you don’t want to plant basil in an open area because the plants will be attracted to water and other materials.
“Plants don’t like water in their environment,” Gantz says.
When you plant basil, “you have to let them grow and develop properly.”
How long does it take to grow the basil?
Gatto estimates that it takes between six and nine weeks for a plant to reach full maturity.
She adds that the amount of time required varies by the type of basil you grow.
She says the best basil plants are large, leafy, flowering and contain a lot of leaves.
“This is the type that you see flowering from,” Gatton says.
Gatto also notes that basil needs a good growing season.
“It needs to flower every year for at least a year,” she explains.
“If you want to grow your own basil, you’ll have to wait about three years.”
How do you store basil?
If you want basil that is safe to eat, you need to store it in a tightly closed container.
The best basil containers are plastic or wood-burning smokers or grills. If you don