Originally Posted by iamafoodie
I was wondering how everyone keeps their basil growing nice and full. As soon as my basil starts growing well I will cut some of the fuller leaves off to use (just above a leaf node). It will continue to grow but it never gets that fullness again and the leaves are more spindly from then on and they are not quite as green as they were when they were new but paler in color.
Anyone have any tips for how to get my basil to bounce back nice and full and dense.
Is my soil lacking a nutrient? I know that nitrogen promotes foliage but I am more of an organic kinda girl and dont want to use anything unnatural. Any suggestions would be welcome. I am in New England (zone 4)
I LOVE my basil to the point that I almost put it on my cereal
so I would really like to figure it out.
Welcome to DC!
Basil is so easy to grow from seed, plant enough seeds and you will have pesto for years. Is your basil in a pot, and do you overwinter it? I usually dig up a few plants and bring them inside to overwinter. They end up looking ratty as heck, but it's nice having fresh basil year round. Even though it's an annual, it will still overwinter, just not too pretty.
My advice would be to make successive plantings in a small garden plot.