200 Seeds - Aton, One of the best varieties! Search
An excellent type, with dark green, smooth, dome shaped leaves that have an attractive shine. Suitable for both cutting and container use.
One of the most useful herbs - a key ingredient for many Italian and Indian dishes and great when fresh in salads. The 'fresh-from-the-garden' taste is far tastier than the dried variety - it is almost impossible to buy fresh basil in the UK. Basil originates from India where it is considered sacred to the Gods. It now grows wild in the Mediterranean areas, and is one of the most popular herbs in that area. Sowing: In SPRING sow three seeds to a small pot in normal moist potting compost. Lightly cover with compost and place in a warm (15C or 60F) dark position - try and keep the temperature as constant as possible, never letting it drop below 10C (48F). The seedlings will emerge in two weeks time and the plant should be placed in a sunny warm position. Basil hates water on it's leaves and stem, so water from below.
It grows to 70–150 cm tall. The leaves have a gentle lemon scent, related to mint. During summer, small white flowers full of nectar appear. These attract bees hence the genus name Melissa (Greek for 'honey bee'). Used for medicinal purposes, seasoning and for flavouring fruit cordials. Lemon balm can be compared with the effectiveness of mint in the soothing effect it has on the stomach and the positive effect it has on the digestive system. Lemon balm is used to relieve pain and discomfort associated with indigestion and offers relief for such symptoms as gas and bloating. Lemon balm is also beneficial to those suffering from nervousness, anxiety and slight insomnia. Lemon balm helps to calm and relax the nerves and has been used successfully since the Middle Ages. Sowing: Lemon balm is easy to grow from seed sown in the spring to early fall. The seed is very small and should be covered with only a fine layer of soil.