Genovese, aka Sweet, Basil is the perfect pesto-maker. Give this one enough space and you’ll get big bushy plants that will keep you in pesto all year long. These are 7th generation Brooklyn-grown seeds.
- Start Indoors: March 15, Transplant: April 15; Direct Seed: April 15
- Planting Depth: ⅛ in. to ¼ in.
- Germination Rate: 96%
Basil likes the warm sun, so start these guys indoors and plant outside after our final frost date, April 15. Even then you’ll want to keep your plants covered in a cold frame or just wait a bit to transplant to ensure nice warm nights. Harvest center-top branches to avoid bolting and to help your plant bush out, meaning more shoots and a bigger harvest.
- For Raised Beds: Space plants 8-12 in. apart, leaving 12 in. between rows.
- For Containers: Can be grown in a container as small as a 1-gallon container or a shallow window box, but will thrive in a deep container measuring 2 gallons or more.