How to Plant Basil Outside


Basil grows well planted indoors in containers or outdoors in the garden. Basil features frequently in Italian cooking and is the primary ingredient in most pesto recipes. There are more than 40 varieties of basil, with sweet basil being the most common variety grown in the home garden. Basil is a member of the mint family and has a slight mint and pepper taste.

Step 1

Create a 1/4-inch deep furrow in the garden as long as desired, using the handle end of a hoe.

Step 2

Sow the seeds evenly down the furrow. Cover with 1/4 inch of soil. Water the area until the soil is moist but not waterlogged.

Step 3

Allow the seeds to germinate and the young plants to develop two to three sets of leaves.

Step 4

Thin the seedlings to 6 to 12 inches apart in the row, keeping the healthiest, strongest-looking plants. Weed the rows to keep out competing weed growth.

Step 5

Harvest the leaves from the basil plants as desired. Pinch off flower spikes as they begin to form to keep the basil flavor intense in the leaves.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hoe


  • University of Minnesota Extension: Basil
  • Colorado State Extension: Growing Basil
  • Ohio State University Extension: Growing, Selecting and Using Basil
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