Late Planting of Basil
Growing Basil In Containers
Growing basil in containers, especially plants you intend to bring indoors at some point is a nifty idea. This plant needs to be spaced properly, it needs good air circulation as it is prone to assorted fungal issues which ventilation and air circulation will ward off. Large leafed varieties, should be about 1.5 feet apart and small leafed varieties about 1 foot apart - basically follow the seed package directions as there are many varieties.
It also requires a lot of moisture, but not to the point where it will be sitting in wet soggy soil, so a pot with good drainage is necessary. I like to put some sterile tree bark on the soils surface, it acts as an organic mulch and helps retain moisture. If you do not have access to or simply do not want to be bothered sterilizing tree bark some pebbles will suffice.
High quality potting soil is common sense, especially with a delicate herb such as Basil. High quality potting soil holds moisture and is well aerated as well, it is fluffy. This gives plant roots a good balance of anchorage, air and moisture while allowing the plant to absorb nutrients from it. If the potting mix is not airy or too wet, plant roots do poorly and sometimes die.
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