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Learn how to grow your own Strawberries with our step by step guide.
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Courgette aka Zucchini are a part of the wider marrow family, fast and easy to grow the are a popular summer crop. Easily stored as can be frozen for use in hearty winter soups and stews.
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Looking to get adventurous in the vegetable garden this summer why not plant some Chinese cabbage or sometimes referred to as celery cabbage, snow cabbage, peking cabbage or more commonly pak choi or bok choy.
How to grow Chillies How to grow Chillies
Chillies are a very fussy crop to grow. But if you are like us here at how to grow gardening you will love the pleasure that is obtained by growing your own Chillies. Nothing beats using them in the kitchen fresh from the garden! Or if you are like me and your eyes are bigger than your stomach using them year round from the freezer.
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Learn How to grow Lilies with our easy step by step guide.
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Learn how to grow Onions with our simple step by step guide. The onion is the one of the most widely cultivated and popular plants
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Learn how to grow Polyanthus with our simple detailed guide.
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How to grow basil

How to grow basil

Basil is super easy to grow. It grows very quick it's so easy in fact that you do not even need a garden as you can grow it in a pot or container if you live in an apartment. However, what it does need is plenty of heat. Basil will not grow in cold temperatures!

Basil Varieties

A number of types of basil are available. They vary from common basil through to Thai and spicy varieties through to bush and lemon flavored basils. Even though the flavour varies from type to type how you grow, each Basil does not.

When, where and how to plant Basil

Basil needs a warm, sunny spot to thrive. Window boxes or pots are perfect if you do not have a garden. The trick to growing basil inside is to not to let it get too wet or too dry.
Basil hates wet feet! Plant out in spring once the threat of frosts or cold temperatures has passed.

Basil Growing Guide

Grow Basil by either sowing seeds or buying plants from your garden centre. If you are sowing seeds, sow in rows using seed raising mix in a seed tray. Basil is best transplanted into the garden once it is established. Slugs and snails tend eat it as it germinates when grown in the garden. Once plants are established, remove the tips to encourage a bushy plant – once Basil flowers it dies so try and avoid letting it flower.

Basil Harvest

Pick leaves and use as required. Regular picking or trimming will encourage fresh new sweet leaves. The older leaves get bitter as they age.

How to use Basil

Use Basil in salad dressings, pestos, in salads and in marinades. Fresh basil freezes well, either in ice cubes or in bags. The flavour is the same from the freezer but the colour will darken.

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