Sow: March to June Harvest: June to October Height: 30cm+
Basil can be started undercover from mid-March. Start in Jiffy 7C pellets (available here) or seed trays, then pot on into 7cm pots, and again into 9cm before planting out in late spring/early summer. The seeds can be sown directly from the middle of May.
Basil seeds need a bit of warmth to germinate. The heat of a sunny windowsill should be enough.
Allow at least 50cm between plants if planting in open ground; this variety also does well in a pot. 'Fino Verde' is a naturally bushy variety so doesn't need the tips pinching out. Feed once a month with a balanved feed to keep plants healthy.