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I think I have gardening in my blood. My Italian grandparents gardened and made wine in the Roman countryside. Summertime memories from my childhood include plates heaped with just-picked figs and peaches so juicy they'd drip all down my arm. My Nonno was so proud of his roses — if we didn't smell them, he said they might as well not exist. My Nonna loved their cherry tree that looked "like a bride" when in full bloom.
Gardening has continued to be a family activity for me. My kids think it's fun to pick spinach leaves right out of the ground for a quick snack — the same spinach they won't eat at the dinner table. Earthworms from the compost pile have been given names.
I've worked in the gardening industry since 1998, and feel lucky to be Product Testing and Coordinator for Gardener's Supply. I test products in our company's beautiful backyard, and truly enjoy working with fellow gardeners around the country, from a rooftop garden in New York City to the desert-like climate in Arizona. I think gardening really brings people together.
Basil plants thriving in a set of Pop-Out Pots.
On the coldest darkest days of winter, there is nothing like the smell of fresh basil to bring back the memory of summer in the garden. Follow the four easy steps below to experience the joy of growing basil year-round.
Start with a bag of high-quality organic soil and a packet of seeds. I love our Organic Seed Starting Mix because it is so rich in nutrients that you won't need to add fertilizer for at least six weeks. One packet of genovese basil seeds will be enough to keep you well-stocked in basil plants, with plenty to share. You can use ordinary 4-6" pots for growing. However, if you use self-watering containers, such as our Pop-Out Pots, the soil will stay consistently moist and your plants will be happier, healthier and will grow faster.
Basil thrives in a warm, bright location, such as a south-facing window that is sunny for most of the day. If you don't have a suitable window, use a grow light. There are lots of options. My favorite is our full-spectrum Bamboo Home LED Grow Light. The sleek, furniture-quality design allows me to grow robust, healthy plants anywhere in your home or office.
Last updated: 4/27/20
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