• Melisa Kennedy

My Cottage Herbs: Growing Basil

Every one needs a little corner of the world to tend. Deepen your connection to the earth and watch your magical skills of growing herbs blossom.

Basil is considered the premiere culinary herb and has a marvelous variety of flavors to choose from. The bushy basil plants, especially the purple-leaved types, also look great in the flower garden.



I grow my basil in the large kitchen window along with my other herbs placed on the shabby white table. It is easy access for me to just trim off a few leaves to cut with!


The hardest thing about growing sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) is choosing which type to grow. Learn how to grow basil in containers or in your garden.

Basil is an annual, or sometimes perennial, herb used for its leaves. Depending on the variety, plants can reach heights of between 1 and 5 feet. Its leaves are richly green and ovate, but otherwise come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes.


I regularly make tea with my fresh basil grown from non-GMO seeds of course! It's really not that hard to do even if you don't have a green thumb. ;)


I use a variety of my herbs every day in my teas, including mint.


Basil is most commonly used fresh in recipes. In general, it is added at the last moment, as cooking quickly destroys the flavor.



Common Uses For Basil in Recipes:


  1. Pizza

  2. Spaghetti / Pasta

  3. Garlic Bread

  4. Salads

  5. Pesto



For more information on basil or herbs, please check out all my recipes over on my blog or my new cookbook, The RV Table. Happy gardening! #herbalism #bmkpublishing #basil