Growing basil is an integral part of many homes, so how do you grow it inside?
If you don’t, you’ll run the risk of damaging your home, according to the makers of Basil and Thyme.
“We’re very, very proud of our basil garden, which is an indoor basil garden.
We’ve grown it in our house for years,” said Julia Drennan, who works at the local farmhouse.
“But it’s not the same as the garden inside, and we’ve had problems with the plants,” she added.
“If you grow basil inside, it can be very aggressive, and it’s going to attack you.”
Drenathan says she and her husband are both very careful when growing basil outside.
“I’m very careful about it.
I’m very conscious of how it looks, and how it’s growing,” she said.
“It’s very difficult for us to get it to grow outside.
We’re not allowed to grow it.”
Basil is also a good choice for the greenhouse because it’s an easy-to-grow herb, says Drennahan.
“The most important thing is, that it’s well-drained,” she explained.
“You don’t want the soil to be too full or too dry, which can cause problems with mould or bacteria.”
Darnan’s garden grows basil indoors for about two months, but if it’s too heavy to plant, she and other growers will grow it outside for the first couple of months.
“So if it rains, we’ll plant it outside.
But if it doesn’t rain, we plant it inside,” she continued.
“For the first two months it’s all about water.
You can get really heavy and heavy growth, so we put it indoors a lot.”
Soil type Growing basil outside is also an option for some gardeners.
“They can grow basil outside, but the soil is very hard and it’ll be very wet, and you don`t want it to get too saturated with water,” said Drenna.
“And there are very little nutrients and they don’t like it too hot, so it doesn`t work very well for that kind of soil.”
She added that if basil is growing in the house, it’s likely that the plants will have roots, which are very sensitive to water.
“There’s a lot of good bacteria that live in the soil, and they’re quite tolerant of a lot more water than a garden,” said Patricia Sutter, an environmental consultant with the Royal Botanic Gardens in London.
“That means you can get a lot out of that soil.”
Growing basil inside also comes with some risks, however.
“Water in the garden is very important, and so we don’t have a lot to say about that,” said Sutter.
“Just because you can’t grow basil, doesn’t mean you can never grow it indoors.”
If you’re worried about your garden becoming a pest, you can buy basil outside for less than the cost of the grower, which includes soil, plants, fertiliser, pesticides, seeds and a growing light.
“What you’ll get is a nice, beautiful garden that’s very beautiful, and if you’re interested in growing it in the home you can,” said Ms Drennson.
“This is what we want our garden to look like, and the basil garden is a wonderful way to do that.”