Lemon Basil is a variety of basil with a citrus lemon flavour to its leaves and flowers.
|When to sow
|Sow indoors from late February, outdoors from late March to June.
|Where to sow
|Direct sow outside either thinly in rows or sparsely in pots.
|Lightly cover seed with 1/2cm (1/4in) moist compost and keep moist, but do not overwater.
|Can be started off on your windowsill or propagator.
|If sowing early in the season outside, protect from any late frost.
|What to do next
|Make kitchen access easy by transplanting on into a large pot and keeping by your kitchen door.
|If started in a pot or container transplant the complete pot rootball to avoid any root disturbance.
|Basil require little care once established, keep watered in dry spells and pick leaves from the plant as required.
|Basil plants do not like the cold therefore a warm sunny spot on a patio or windowsill is ideal.
|May to October, when leaves are young.
|Although basil grows best outdoors, it can be grown indoors in a pot and, like most herbs, will do best on a sunny windowsill.
|It should be kept away from cold drafts, and grows best in strong sunlight, therefore a greenhouse is ideal if available.
|Basil repels the white fly and makes a good companion to tomatoes, both in the garden and in the kitchen.
|Basil is rich in vitamins A, K and C and also magnesium, iron, potassium and calcium.
|Great for steaming with rice, or when used in fragrant curry dishes.
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