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Planting Basil!

Holy Basil tea
Making Holy Basil (Tulsi) tea

Almost every year we end up planting basil. I love pesto, and almost cannot make enough every summer! We also like basil in other forms like Holy Basil to make refreshing and medicinal tea. Holy Basil tea

This year, we are going all out with planting basil! What would you expect with all of the luscious tomatoes Greg has out there growing? A tomato and pesto open faced sandwich on good toasted bread is one of the joys of summer to me!Basil Rock garden

Planting Basil in the Terraced Gardens

We are expanding the herb terraces. They’re all mixed up with flowers and herbs (like I like it!), so we are concentrating on just edibles in this lower level. Mostly we are planting basil varieties, but there will be some gorgeous merlot lettuce and some assorted kale plants too.

Rock terrace harden
Large rocks make up our herb terraces.
Purple ball basil
Purple ball basil
Basil garden
Everything is so small, but it will spread out.

First, we have worked like slaves building the rock wall for the terrace. We heaved some mighty heavy boulders and built that all by the sweat of our backs (for the new beds—the standing terraces had to me made with an excavator). Greg got it started, and I expanded it, and finally the boys came in and helped finish it up. I wish I’d called them sooner–I could have saved my back!

Over on my Social Sites

IF you follow my Instagram reels, you may have seen the huge load of composited leaf mulch that Greg brought home last week! That looked way too daunting to move, but yesterday Andrew and I dug in, and moved many wheelbarrow loads (like over 20) to fill in almost half of the garden. That gave me enough to play around with! I very much enjoyed myself laying out the basil and lettuce plants yesterday afternoon.Planting basil garden

Today, the boys did more moving of mulch, but then it rained, so they took a break.

Planting basil in the garden
Seedlings ready for transplant

Here’s a peek into our basil and herb raised bed garden.  Also, on my Instagram reels I actually have a brief video of the basil beds.  

 

Planting Basil in the Raised Beds

Holy basil
Holy Basil

So far (and that is subject to change) we have grown from seed the following varieties of basil:

Some will be linked to Baker Creek, and some to Amazon

Planting basil varieties
Cardinal basil, Lime basil, Holy Basil

What Else is Growing With the Basil?

My plan is kind of this: Basil plus Deep Red edible flowers! With the rich purple clump basil growing, then the varied shades of all of the other basils, I’m excited to see what this garden looks like when it’s mature!

Cardinal basil
Cardinal basil

What is your favorite thing to grow?

You know I love sunflowers, but they aren’t to eat. I know technically they are, but they’re more of a novelty to me.

For me, basil means pesto, and I love a good pesto with potatoes, home grown tomatoes, on toast, and on pizza! Oh, and pasta! Yum!

My basic pesto recipe is in the food section of my blog. Perfectly Plant Based Pesto. Just talking about this is already making me hungry! These basil plants can’t grow fast enough for me!!Perfectly plant based pesto image

Interestingly, my sister in law recently sent me a recipe for pesto made from nasturtiums, which sounds interesting, but spicy! I may give it a whirl this year! She sent me a different recipe, but this nasturtium pesto recipe is whole foods, plant based, aka vegan, so I’m linking that one.

Inter planting herbs and flowers
We interplant the herbs and flowers. Last year’s herb/flower gerden

Basil Seeds

We got some of our basil seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, some from Lowes, some from seeds we’ve saved, and some from who knows where–packets in our seed collection.

Planting basil garden
First half of basil garden

Hope you enjoyed a peek into our herb bed where we’re growing basil this year! Stay tuned to see what will grow in the other half!

3 Replies

  1. Love this post! I love growing basil, too, but I think this is a true passion of yours. I’d never even heard of some of these types like the cardinal basil! You’re definitely making me want to expand my basil varieties…Thanks for your great advice and suggestions. 🙂

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