last year i didn’t grow enough basil. this year i overcompensated. i’ve had at least one container growing indoors since february, but i waited until much later in the season to start any outdoors--late june, maybe even july--then instead of planting in the hottest, sunniest areas like i did last year, i chose cooler, shadier areas. it worked.
now i have five containers, two areas in the main garden bed and almost an entire side of a raised bed devoted to basil. one of my favorite things to do in the garden is go up to the raised bed and give the plants a big, gentle hug, then bury my nose in their leaves.
ten varieties: sweet, lettuce leaf, thai, red rubin, lemon, lime, opal, dwarf greek, spicy globe, and holy (a.k.a. tulsi).