Basil is one of our favorite aroma plants. It is used to flavor a pizza, a mozzarella tomato salad or to prepare a delicious pesto. The good news is that it is easy to grow whether you have a green thumb or are new to gardening. This spring season is also the time to plant basil in the garden. Here are all the steps to follow.
Planting Basil: Seed or Pot?
Rule #1: If you don’t have a green thumb and want to grow your aroma plants, it’s recommended to: buy in bucket in garden centers, nurseries and other specialized stores. And rightly so, transplanting can be difficult once the seedlings are in place. As a result, you run the risk of damaging your basil plant. The plant will develop just as well in a pot.
When to plant basil
If the sowing of basil is from March to April, then planting the bucket in the ground takes place, as for, from mid-May† But beware, this plant is very cold and cannot withstand frost. Keep an eye out for the arrival of the Ice Saints and feel free to postpone planting for a month if necessary.
How to plant basil
The basil has been planted in a pot or in the ground† Choose a sunny spot and sheltered from the prevailing wind. Next, you need to prepare the soil by adding sand, compost and clay or pebbles. These various contributions will make it possible good drainagewhich is essential for the development of the plant.
If you are planting in the open ground, space the planting holes about 12 inches (30 centimeters) apart. To limit disease transmission, alternate basil and tomato plants. These two associations work perfectly. In pots, a space of 20 centimeters between the plants is more than sufficient.
Do it before placing the bucket in the planting hole soak in water for 10 minutes. Once this step is complete, place the root ball on the bottom of the hole so that the first shoots are level with the ground. Summarize, tamp and water. Follow the same steps for planting in pots. 
How do you care for basil?
Did you just plant basil in the garden? Now it is necessary to take care of it in order to avoid unpleasant surprises. Before, regularly remove “weeds” grow around the plants. To make your work easier and limit plant spread, you can also cover your basil plants with mulch (provided your plants are well developed). water more often in dry conditions.
Now you know how to plant basil in the garden. Did you like this article? We invite you to discover 6 aromatic autumn plants for the garden or on the balcony†