Rich, fertile soil is the key to a bountiful crop of basil. Amend your soil with organic compost before planting. Use an organic fertilizer with every watering. Keep the soil moist, like a wrung-out sponge. Too much moisture fluctuation in the soil can make leaves bitter. If you're unsure when to water, get your hands dirty! Dig your fingers into the soil a cou
Basil prefers full sun (6-8 hours,) but will tolerate a little afternoon shade. As it begins to grow, pinch it back periodically to keep the plant short and bushy. It is a "pick and come again" plant, meaning you harvest several leaves at a time, but not enough to weaken the plant. Don't allow the plant to flower, or leaves will turn slightly bitter.