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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 8:47 pm    Post subject: basil, will it grow outside at all? Reply with quote

planted some herbs from seed all doing well outside but had to bring basil back inside. My question is will it grow outside at all or should just keep it indoors. Question Mr. Green

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mim, I planted lots of herbs from seeds this year for the first time. All are doing well except the parsley I will have to buy plants I think! I have some indoors and more in an outdoor mini greenhouse I would think it is a bit early to put them out yet especially basil. They would need to be hardened off for a few days first to get used to the great outdoors, just put them out for a few hours each day but bring in at night if there is any danger of frost.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can grow it outside, but you wouldn't want to put it out until around June. The las hot summer we had (three years ago, if I remember right) I grew a lot of it outside, but I didn't even attempt it the last two years. In Ireland - at least, in my part of it - it's an even dicier proposition than outdoor tomatoes.
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 11:51 pm    Post subject: basil is the king of herbs Reply with quote

Basil is sensitive to cold and is best grown in hot dry conditions. Seán Ph'lib's comment is totally valid. In Northern Europe it does best under glass in peat pots, planted out in early summer (when there is little chance of a frost). I grow mine against a south-facing wall under a fig tree which protects it from an possibility of frost even in mid Summer. It loves a well-drained sunny spot and little water.

Basil can be grown indoors in a pot on a south facing windowsill. It should be kept away from cold drafts, and is best in strong sunlight. I'm lucky in that respect cause I'm maybe a degree further south than Seán. When you dry it for storing be sure you put it in waterproof containers to keep air out and store it in the dark to preserve the wonderful essential oils and aromatics.

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was able to grow basil outside last year, but I didn't grow it from seed, instead I bought one of the pots you can get from the super markets and replanted that outside, it worked well, but once the weather turned bad, the basil died off. I have just done the same again and everything is looking good again .
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 8:09 pm    Post subject: basil, will it grow outside at all? Reply with quote

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And when the cold gets it
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never though of drying the herbs for winter, I usually make a pesto with the basil, which helps to use it all up
I am looking for Chervil at the moment, but I can't seem to find it anywhere, I think it might have to grown from seed.
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