Sweet Basil is a commonly known annual herb with a sweet, pungent aroma. Sweet Basil reaches a mature height of 30-80cm tall and take on a bushy appearance. Sweet Basil does great in a container or in the ground with lots of sunshine but can tolerate part shade. Plants growth can be maintained by pinching out the flowers. Basil is generally tolerant of a wide range of soils, but ideally you should provide rich, moist, well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter.
You can harvest basil as any time, but sweet medium sized leaves are often the best. Leaves and sprigs can be preserved in oil and/or vinegar, or dried and kept in air tight containers.
Almost everyone knows basil is great for cooking and it is an herb that you can add to most dishes without fear. It may be used fresh, frozen or dried, but as with all herbs, nothing compares to freshly harvested Home Grown Sweet Basil.