While doing some bargain-shopping at Walgreens this spring, I picked up some seed packets which were on sale 10 for $1. I got some flowers, some tomatoes, and a packet of basil seeds. My flowers are doing fine, I just picked my first tomato, and my basil plants are doing VERY well. I planted a couple of seeds back in March, and those seedlings bit the dust for some reason. I reseeded in April, this time a little more thoroughly. These seedings all hung in there(they even survived several uprootings by my two year old!), which means that I’ve ended up with about 10 healthy basil plants. I still have some seeds left, which hopefully will still be good next year, and I have so much more basil than I need, I’ve even freecycled a number of my plants.
So far I’ve used it in some panini sandwiches and on top of grilled pizza, and I have a number of recipes using basil that I plan to try(not the least of which is a pesto recipe).
Considering that a single basil plant from my grocery store costs $2.50, I think my ten cents was well worth it. In addition, having a basil plant is a nice way to reduce waste(and if you’ve been watching my food waste photos, you know I need help in reducing fresh herb waste!). I just pluck what I need and the rest stays happily on the plant.