Growing Basil: Planting and Harvesting
By Teresa O’Connor
- Ideal for making healthy cuts on a variety of herbs and cutting a wide range of vegetables in the garden
- Serrated blade grips and holds stems for clean cuts
- Fully hardened, precision-ground, stainless-steel blades stay sharp, even through heavy use
- Take-apart blades separate for easy cleaning
- Ergonomically sculpted handle fits your hand comfortably
- Softgrip® touchpoints enhance comfort and control
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- Herb and Veggie Shears
- Ideal for transplanting small plants and flowers
- Extra-large handle with Softgrip® provides exceptional grip and comfort
- Extra-large polished cast-aluminum head with serrated edge resists rust and cuts through tough turf
- Gradation marks on the blade make measuring depth easy
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- Full lifetime warranty
- Big Grip Transplanter (400S)
Specifically designed for making precise cuts when trimming herbs and cutting vegetables, these unique shears include a take-apart design for easy cleaning.
Take on transplanting tasks with a tool that’s as durable as it is comfortable.
A relative of mint, basil is especially delicious when used on top of fresh tomatoes, in pesto sauces, or with Italian or Thai recipes.
Fortunately, basil grows well in the garden with the correct growing conditions.
1. You can grow basil from seeds sown indoors four to six weeks before the last frost date.Plants that have been indoors should be allowed time to harden up outdoors. Gradually over a week or so, increase the amount of direct sunlight the plant receives, until it has acclimated itself to the new growing conditions.
2. Whether you’re starting basil from seeds or transplants,don’t plant this sun-loving herb until the daytime temperatures are consistently in the 70s, and evening temperatures stay above 50 degrees fahrenheit.
3. Basil grows best in full sun, where it receives six to eight hours of sunlight. In hot climates, the herb prefers a bit of afternoon shade. Plant basil in a rich, well-drained soil; mix compost, manure or worm castings into the soil before planting.
4. This aromatic herb likes a moist, well-draining soil. Water at the plant base, and avoid wetting the foliage to reduce the chances of disease. Never let the plant stand in water in a saucer.
When transplanting basil from a container, use the Fiskars Big Grip transplanter to gently loosen the soil and prepare a spot for planting.
5. Avoid disturbing the roots, while transplanting basil. It’s best to plant on an overcast day to avoid transplant shock.
Harvesting basil all summer helps shape the plant. It’s the perfect excuse for clipping some basil for a summer meal.
6. Cut the stem right above the next set of leaves; this will encourage bushier plants with more leaves, and prevent the basil from developing flowers and seeds.
Above is Greek Columnar basil, which is being harvested with a Fiskars Herb and Veggie Shears. This tool provides a precise cut, and has a take-apart design that is easy for cleaning.
Basil comes in different cultivars and colors. Try something new this year!