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Botanical Interests "Greek Yevani" Organic Basil Seeds

Annual. Basil Greek Yevani is an organically grown version of Basil Greek Spicy Globe. A basil lover's treat, it has a spicy basil flavor and aroma that is a complement to any tomato dish. The small mounding plant is excellent for containers. (Since a little goes a long way, this basil is an excellent choice for small gardens, decks, patios, or balcony gardens.) Plants grow 6 tall and 12" wide. Try using it as an ornamental for herbal pots and as an edible border for the flower garden!

When to plant outside: Spring, 1-3 weeks after average last frost date and when soils are warm.

When to start inside: 6-8 weeks before transplanting outside.

Special Germination Instructions: Easy to grow from seed. Must have warm soil temperatures. Wait to plant until nighttime temperatures are above 50 degrees.

Sucessive Plantings Recommended. Every 3 or 4 weeks after initial planting.

Harvesting Basil leaves should be harvested before the plant flowers. The young, top leaves taste the best and should be used fresh. The older leaves may be used for vinegar and pesto. To harvest most of the plant, cut the main stem, leaving at least 3 pairs of leaves near the ground ? plant will regrow and produce additional leaves. (You can prolong the harvest period by pinching off flower buds to maintain flavor.) If there is any chance of temperatures dropping to 32 degrees, harvest crop immediately. The best time to harvest any herb is in the morning, after the dew dries, but before it gets too warm. Alternatively, you could harvest in the early evening.

For additional information about basil including a great pesto recipe, click here.). "

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