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Spicy Globe Basil Seeds

A compact, soft-stemmed plant that reaches a maximum growth of only 6-to-12 inches, globe basil (Ocimum basilicum "Spicy Globe") provides a spicy flavor to salads, herb vinegar, pasta and pesto. A tender plant that doesn't tolerate frost, globe basil is usually grown as an annual. However, the plant is suitable for growing year-round in the mild climates of U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11.

Plant basil seeds directly in the garden in the springtime after all threat of frost has passed and daytime temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Before planting, dig the soil to a depth of 6-to-8 inches and then dig in 4-to-6 inches of compost into the soil. Make a shallow furrow with the tip of a hoe and sprinkle the seeds in the row. Cover the seeds lightly with no more than 1/8 inch of soil. Don't worry about spacing because you can thin the seedlings later. Basil prefers full sun and acidic soil with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5. Water the seeded area lightly, using a hose with a fine spray nozzle to prevent washing the seeds from the soil. Keep the soil slightly moist until the seeds germinate.


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