Lemon basil has crinkled bright green leaves. The soil gnats are attracted to moist soil. You can apply insecticidal soap to the leaves if you see gnats in the foliage. You can use insecticidal soap as a soil drench to disrupt gnat eggs from hatching—but use it sparingly. Your email address will not be published. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
How to Grow Basil for Your Best Pesto Yet
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Go to taste on the garlic. I use a food processor, but you could use a blender or make this by hand. Or pack into baggies and remember to let the air out. What you want is a flat package. That way they stack nicely in the freezer and you can just push some out of the baggie as you need it.
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Add everything else and process until smooth. Use other nuts, like walnuts, or leave them out altogether.
Boil some pasta and save a bit of the pasta water to thin the pesto down so that it coats the pasta nicely. While the pasta is still warm, add the thinned down pesto and toss gently. I like to add tomatoes, shredded Parmesan and a sprig of basil. Put a handful of basil leaves in a bowl. Bruise to release oils. Pour a cup of boiling water over and steep 15 minutes.
Strain and cool. The antibacterial qualities are good for skin exposed to polluted air. I like to add a few rose petals as well for astringency. Good luck growing basil! For more basil recipes check out my Abouteating. Your email address will not be published. A Guide To Growing Basil. Varieties of Basil There are so many varieties for those gardeners interested in growing basil.
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History of Growing Basil Considered an aphrodisiac in ancient times, Romans fed basil to horses during mating season. Growing Basil Basil is a sun-loving annual that should be planted when the temperature and soil is at least 50 degrees or more. Harvesting and Storing Basil Once the plant is flourishing, prune by pinching off flower heads as they form.
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Drying Basil Chop leaves and spread out on a towel or rack. Freezing Basil Freeze basil in small amounts of water in ice cube trays, or make a paste and freeze in trays. Store seeds in cool, dry place away from heat and light and plant them the following spring. For an explosion of flavor, add fresh basil during the last few minutes of cooking time.
Tip: Use other nuts, like walnuts, or leave them out altogether. Basil Splash for Skin Put a handful of basil leaves in a bowl.
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