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Characteristics: Annual culinary herb
Seed per packet: 100
A beautiful addition to any herb garden with its deep bluish purple foliage and pink flowers; it is also high in volatile oils, responsible for the heady aroma and strong flavour so essential to cooking. Pick the leaves and use fresh or dried in tomato dishes, pasta sauces, vegetables, and soups. You can also use basil in the garden as a companion plant to repel aphids, mites, and tomato hornworms.
Adaptable to most well-drained soil in a protected sunny position with an adequate amount of water.
Temperate: Spring to early autumn
Cold: Spring to early autumn
Sow: 3mm deep
Best sown direct in growing position, thin to 20cm apart
Plant space: 20cm
Row Space: 20cm
Germination: 6-10 days
Maturity: 6 weeks