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How To Grow Basil

Basil, Bush (Ocymum minimum). A dwarf-growing variety, used for thesame purposes as the Sweet Basil. Sow in April.

Basil, Sweet (Ocymum Basilicum). A tender annual, originallyobtained from India, and one of the most popular of the flavouringHerbs. Seeds should be sown in February or March in gentle heat. Whenlarge enough the seedlings must be pricked off into boxes until they areready for transferring to a rich border in June, or seed may be sown inthe open ground during April and May. A space of eight inches betweenthe plants in the rows will suffice, but the rows should be at least afoot apart. The flower-stems must be cut as they rise, and be tied inbundles for winter use. This practice will prolong the life of the plantuntil late in the season. Many gardeners lift plants in September, potthem, and so maintain a supply of fresh green leaves until winter is faradvanced.