Create an Impossible-to-Kill Herb Garden at Home!

Skip buying expensive fresh herbs at the store—growing your own herbs is easier than you think (16 Photos)

Lily Fleishman on Jul 28, 2011 at 10:17AM

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Create an Impossible-to-Kill Herb Garden at Home!

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Basil

Growing it: Basil plants whose leaves have wilted from lack of water should recover if they are watered thoroughly and immediately placed in a sunny location. Basil can also be propagated very reliably from cuttings. Remember to pinch off any flower stems, which can slow or stop leaf production.
Using it: Best used fresh, sweet basil is pungent and aromatic. It marries well with tomatoes and tomato-flavored dishes, and of course, is essential in making fresh pesto. It makes great herb butter and it combines well with garlic and parsley.
Tip: Avoid bruising these tender leaves. Pound it with a bit of olive oil or tear it with your fingers, rather than chopping it.

Recipes to Try:
Watermelon-Basil Margarita
Prosciutto and Basil Wrapped Chicken Fingers
Smoky Paprika-Rubbed Filet Mignon with Tomato-Basil Salsa

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