Sunday, February 2, 2014

Four kinds of basil


I normally have Thai basil growing in my patio. They grow so quickly in the hot weather and are useful in Thai dishes like stir fried minced meat.

Recently a friend gave me some sweet basil cuttings (also called Mediterranean basil) and I was surprised they're soing so well in my garden. The recent cool air must have played a part. I should harvest some leaves for making pesto.  With herbs, the more you cut, the bushier they'll get.

The red and green holy basil cuttings from another friend are coming along nicely too. It helped that I let them acclimatise slowly in the shade. Now they're strong enough to go under full sun. These are great with stir fries and have lot of medicinal value if you know how to use them.

It is the first time I have four kinds of basil growing side by side.