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Jun 9, 2017

Basil is my all-time favorite edible to grow in the garden. In fact, my first purpose for digging in the dirt every Spring is to plant my basil crop - and despite getting a late start after rotator cuff surgery, this year was no exception.

Like me, many gardeners associate the smell of basil with summer.  Whenever I’m smell basil - that earthy, rich, fragrance with hints of mint and clove - I’m reminded of all the times I’ve sent my children out to harvest basil outside on the deck, where our kitchen garden is located. In fact, I’m thrilled that our basic pesto recipe is something all the kids can make by heart. In this house, I’ve cultivated not only a number of basil varieties, but also basil fans!

So what makes basil such a hot commodity in the garden? As the classic herb of summer, basil is a very well-rounded winner - from being a wonderful companion plant, cut-flower, easy propagator, bountiful producer, successful herb for preserving, a distinct aromatic addition to perfumes, a natural pest repellent, and absolutely amazing in the kitchen when used with an infinite constellation of recipes.

Today’s deep dive into basil is my way of playing match-maker between you and the King of Herbs. If you’ve never grown basil or cooked with basil, I want to make the introduction for you and if you’re already head over heels with basil (like I am), I want to give you even more reasons to keep your passion for basil alive.

 

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The Garden News Roundup for June 9, 2017:

Container Gardening: Sarah Raven’s 7 Tips for Perfect Flower Pots - Gardenista

Giant agave plant bursts through the roof of grade II listed greenhouse (SG555)

What Happens When a Plant Bolts? - Creative Vegetable Gardener Megan Cain (SG557)

How To Cook Vegetables Like A Top Chef  Deborah Madison (SG533)

GMPER100L PLANT!T Super Coarse Perlite, 100 L/3.53 cu ft: Patio, Lawn & Garden

No Splash Quick Connect Set | Gardener's Supply

Great Gardens of America: Tim Richardson, Andrea Jones: 9780711228863: Amazon.com: Books

22 Basil Recipes to Use Up Your Summer Bounty

Braided Pesto Bread | Baked by Rachel

My Best Basil Pesto Sandwich Ever - Bonnie Plants

FREE THIS WEEK: Israeli Hummus Warm, whipped,... - Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street

Cops find $500 million opium poppy field in North Carolina

Beautiful new see-through frog puts whole heart on display

Ode to Basil - Unbored Housewife

Macro Field Studio - Outdoor Photographer

Beet and Ricotta Hummus | Bon Appetit

Nearly $1 Million in Stolen Bees Recovered in Fresno | The California Report | KQED News

Scientists planting 400 acres of Minnesota pines to survive climate change - StarTribune.com

So THAT'S What Curry Is: The Difference Between The Spice, The Leaves And the Dish | HuffPost

Six Seasons: Required Reading for Gardeners in the Kitchen - Gardenista

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Spain - Gardenista

How to Start Thinking Like a Permaculturist for a Thriving Garden Year-Long | One Green Planet

Solomons Seal: Catskills Wildflower and Garden Flower Versions - From Root To Shoot

Two Scientists, Two Different Approaches To Saving Bees From Poison Dust : The Salt : NPR

A Most Canadian Disaster - Neatorama

Gardening 101: Cannas - Gardenista

Chelsea Flower Show Favorite: Mr. Ishihara's Minimal Water Hut - Gardenista

Buckthorn-eating goats to debut in Minneapolis parks Tuesday - StarTribune.com

Fermenting: a simple guide - Jamie Oliver | Features

Ask the Expert: 9 Tips to Grow Edible Microgreens - Gardenista

An Easy Blue Flower for Beginners

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