If you are into herb gardening for culinary herbs, Italian Large Leaf Basil is a must have basil plant. This culinary herb is a sweeter pesto type basil with high yields in the garden. A large variety with medium-dark green leaves, this basil is bigger than most others found in the basil family. Fairly resistant to damage from pests and disease, Italian Large Leaf self-seeds easily and grows well in a container. Very aromatic and as popular with bees and butterflies as it is with chefs, this is one of our most favorite basil plants. When compared to Genovese the flavor and scent are sweeter and less clove like. Plant in full sun and harvest frequently to keep from going to flower.
Basil is also a fantastic natural mosquito and pest repellent and its blooms are great for attracting helpful pollinators to your garden. Planting Basil near beets, asparagus and tomatoes will also improve your crops. To learn more about using Basil as a natural pest repellent in your home and garden, and for tips on companion planting with this popular culinary herb, check out Briscoe's Tips.Essential to Italian cuisine!
Basil is a wonderful plant to plant near your kitchen
windows or doorways, not just for its use in your favorite dishes, but because
this culinary herb has terrific natural pest repellent properties! Said to
effectively keep house flies and mosquitoes away, planting Basil near entryways
to your home, rubbing it on your skin and clothing, and planting it around your
yard and patio will help reduce the amount of unwanted summer pests. Planting
it in your garden will also keep destructive pests like Thrips, white flies,
and aphids away from neighboring plants. Basil blooms are also very attractive
to butterflies and other useful pollinators.
Basil is said to increase the health and flavor of many
vegetables like asparagus, bell peppers, cabbage and especially tomato plants
when companion planted together. For
best results, do not plant Sage or Rue near your Basil, as this is said to
inhibit the plantís growth and flavor. Instead, grow Chamomile near your Basil
plants to encourage its success.