11 June 2011

Planting Basil

I finally got around to planting some basil a couple of weeks ago whilst my father-in law was here. The weather is a bit unreliable just now, so I decided to plant indoors and thought it would be nice to get Cooper involved. I let him plant two pots of basil with the help of his Dede (Grandfather in Turkish).

He has been really interested in his plants. Checking them every day and watering them with his wee watering can. Inevitably the floor gets a good watering too, but that doesn't matter. He is very good and puts his watering can away once he has finished with it.

I'm looking forward to lots of lovely basil to cook with.

Hope you enjoy the photos.









I forgot I was going to look for some basil related recipes to put up with this post. A bit late, but here they are:

1. Garlic Basil Knots from For the Love of Cooking
2. Strawberry, Balsamic, Mint & Basil Jam from Belleicious
3. Basil & Mint Lemonade from Taste & Tell
4. Basil Ice Cream from I Flip for Food
5. Basil-Tomato Cauliflower Pies from Allotment 2 Kitchen
6. Tomato & Zucchini Tart with Garlic & Basil from The Flour Sack
7. Lemon Herb Pasta with Capers from The Ordinary Vegetarian
8. Basil & Mint Infused Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream from Yummy Mummy
9. Hearty Wholegrain Basil Bread from The Diva-Dish
10. Spring Pizza with Argula & Basil Pesto from Heather Christo Cooks

from Tinned Tomatoes:


* Sweet Basil & Lemon Shortbread
* Herby Quinoa Salad with Mushrooms
* Spinach, Pea & Basil Pesto
* Mango, Basil & Balsamic Dressing
* Raspberry, Carrot & Basil Smoothie


and some tips ....

Growing Basil from Gardener's World
How to Freeze Fresh Basil from Kalyn's Kitchen

40 comments:

  1. Such a strikingly beautiful kid. And he's obviously got a brilliant green thumb. I had to laugh at him watering his feet. Oh, well -- he'll grow, too.

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  2. I know, I had to change his socks after the whole watering the plants and the floor episode :)

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  3. Love the photos! And it looks like you have two handsome men in your life!

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  4. Hey Kalyn, better include my husband in that too, or he may take the huff!

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  5. Oh my word these are such cute pictures, Cooper is growing so fast, a real toddler now. Make the most it, they grow too quick x.

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  6. A very fine herb is the basil. One of my favorites and can be used in a ton of stuff..Great pictures and thanks for sharing.

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  7. He's a sweetie! I bet you're going through new socks like no-one's business! It looks like he had fun though.

    Thanks for all the basil related links, I'll enjoy checking those out!

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  8. How wonderful that you're getting Cooper excited about growing things while he is a wee lad.

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  9. Sweet! I've tried twice now to grow basil but each time they have got to a point similar to your last photos and died! I know they only like wet soil, the plants themselves don't like it, so I can only imagine that I've been a bit too liberal with my watering! Good luck ;0)

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  10. Thanks Chitra :)

    It is indeed Jerry, I love basil. It has to be my favourite herb with coriander coming in a lose second place :)

    He does like splashing about with water C, even having a drink of water can turn into a soaking :)

    I don't know how much guidance I can give him Sylvie, I don't exactly have a green thumb. I never go much beyond herbs, tomatoes, chillies and strawberries. Hey, actually that isn't too bad is it?

    Oh my, they might not have much of a chance with Cooper watering them then Chele :)

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  11. so adorable!... our local garden shop had massive basil plants for sale for £2 each... i knew I should have bought them but didn't... doh!

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  12. Hey Dom, It gets really expensive buying basil from supermarkets, that is why I planted some. Bet you are kicking yourself now!

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  13. Ah its good to see Cooper gettign his little mitts grubby. You'll seen be getting him his own little wellies.

    Basil is one herb I don't seem to grow well from seed :( Looking forward to seeing yours prosper.

    Also Thanks for the link to the Cauliflower Pie recipe, I forgot about it.

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  14. He has wee wellies for going to the beach Shaheen. The cauliflower pie is a rather nice recipe. Yum!

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  15. never had basil in our garden but would love it - am sure you will make good use of it - and that cooper will love it because he grew it - don't babies love dirt and water - great channeling of these loves - he looks like such a big boy

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  16. He is really enjoying it Johanna and he already likes pesto, which I am sure I will be making lots of, so we are a step ahead :)

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  17. Alan Titchmarsh watch out...there's a new gardener in town!

    I'm growing Basil on my windowsill at the moment and it's doing really well.

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  18. How sweet your little guy is. I can't believe how much he has grown.

    We decided to plant some basil here this year too, along with a selection of other herbs.

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  19. He is so adorable!! I love this series of photos, Jacqueline.

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  20. I love fresh basil. The photos are so cute - he is darling!

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  21. Lovely pics and what a cute project! You've inspired me now to plant some with my little 'uns! Great recipes links too, some really yummy ones to try!

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  22. I always grow basil in the summer, but like you, I have to keep it inside. I usually put a plastic bag over the pots to make mini greenhouses and it germinates in a couple of days. Looking forward to seeing your seeds coming through.

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  24. Our basil is growing slowly CC, although Cooper's pots seem more successful than mine. He really must have green fingers :)

    I Bet you have chillies on the go too Lisa :)

    Thanks Barbara :)

    Me too, basil is my absolute favourite Pam :)

    I am sure they will have great fun planting some herbs Ren :)

    Maybe I should try the plastic bags and see if they come on quicker Janice :)

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  25. So cute, I love it when the kids help out, often there's more soil out of the pot than in but that's part of the fun isn't it?

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  26. He wasn't too bad actually Sarah and the newspaper really helped with the clearing up. It seems to be the watering that is more messy with water everywhere, hehe!

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