Tuesday, January 12, 2016

DIY basil at home

I learnt that you could plant your own herbs at home. One of the easiest herbs to plant is basil.

My lemon basil grew flowers last November. How lovely to see the little purplish flowers sprouting out. But then again you would notice the leaves started to fall off but that is normal.

Once the flowers dried out, I trimmed off the stems and peel off the dried pods to collect the seeds.

It is very easy to germinate basil seed. Some told me to sun dry the seeds first but I didn't.

Look at how many seeds I collected.  These seeds were from one flower pod. I have so many dried flowers that I trimmed some and gave away to few friends.!

Basil strives well in tropics countries such as ours. So you basically have no problem planting it here. 

I used a small pot to germinate the plant before transferring them to bigger pots once they grow taller.

Okay, here was what I did to grow my basil from seeds.

Just add some moist compost in the pot. Add few seeds (4 - 5 seeds), depends on how big your pot is. Add a bit of soil on top to cover the seed (about 1cm in height). Lightly water it and leave outdoor where it could catch some sun yet shady.

Water it at least once a day to keep the soil moist.

Little sprout

After 4th day, there was something growing in my pot!

Another pot of sprouts

After 2 weeks

After 3 weeks from baby to young basil

And I did tried growing from cuttings of my cinnamon basil and guess what! The cuttings survived and few days ago, I noticed some small roots growing from the cuttings. *yeah, jumping with joy*

Soon, I would be able to plant them in soil.

The other night, I made a simple basil dressing for my grilled fish.

1/2 cup fresh basil (I used lemon basil as I simply love it)
4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp lemon juice
1 garlic clove
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Just mix everything into the food processor. Pulse till finely chopped.

Check out my grilled chicken thigh with basil dressing recipe too.


Yee Ling said...

Basil indeed very easy to grow. Kathy always supply lots to me..ahaha but my basil plant wants to remain tiny.

trishie said...
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trishie said...

Well done, Rose! I love love love the smell of basil but mine died last winter. I may have to get more seeds and then grow more from seed like you!

Nancy Chan said...

I like your basil dressing but hubby doesn't like. But I am still keeping my basil plants.

Somewhere in Singapore said...

Me no green fingers, so no planting for me, if not, sure go heaven...

Anonymous said...

I had a lot and one fine day, it just died. But now, I have two seedlings sprouting out on their own. I hope they grow well. My sweet basil that I bought from the shop is struggling to stay alive. I'm so hopeless at these things. Sobsss!!!!

Sharon D said...

Awesome, Rose! I'm salivating over the grilled fish too. The basil dressing looks soOOoOoO good.

Linda said...

This is fantastic, Rose! I do love basil. Thank you so much for sharing.

Merryn said...

I like to soak the seeds and add them into coconut water or syrup and drink. So yums! It's like drinking frog's egg :P

mun said...

Wow! You have green fingers!

Azura Chan said...

Great post! I'm still have no luck in edible plant. hehe

Agnes said...

I am not good at using herbs in my cooking..wonder how the basil taste like.