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I TAKE it as a sign of my growing maturity that I seek out the gardening column in the weekend paper and know what time Gardening Australi...



I TAKE it as a sign of my growing maturity that I seek out the gardening column in the weekend paper and know what time Gardening Australia is on television.

Of course, all the gardening books tell me this is the time to trim back the basil for a final flush that will last well into autumn.

While the job’s been done it’s left an inordinate amount of fresh basil wanting. I’ll be whipping up pots of basil pesto this week and well into the next. That’s OK, because it’s turning up in almost all our meals. I’m adding it to pizzas, stirring it into pasta bakes, spreading it on sandwiches, adding it to vegetable wraps and making marinades for the barbecue from it. In the meantime, the fresh leaves and fronds of set seed look pretty as a bouquet.

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12 comments

  1. They do! they look gorgeous! If you're still left with a glut, you can freeze: chop and set in ice cube trays with water. Happy harvesting.

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  2. Yes, you do have the perfect green thumb! Very impressive :-)
    Home-made pesto sounds delicious!!

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  3. What a lovely blog you have , I came across it via Pia's blog comments, really enjoyed it.

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  4. mmmm beautiful!
    I can almost smell that sweet aroma & such a beautiful bouquet.

    p.s thanks for leaving a sweet comment

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  5. Lovliness!

    ...now I'm wishing I'd planted some earlier in the summer.

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  6. Don't take it as a sign of maturity! I do that too and I'm not yet ready to acknowledge growing maturity. Lush looking basil!

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  7. Basil! I love it and yes they are throwing their hearts into their last hurrah before summer ends. It was 41C here today and the same for tomorrow, so I'm sorta hoping summer will end soon.......

    Picked another 3 figs from the tiny tree today, although the stubborn lemon refusing to produce anything but curly leaves.

    Love your blog - it's wonderfully refreshing!

    Cheers,

    Cindy

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  8. What does that say about me, in my mid-20s, seeking out the gardening section and hanging out for gardening Australia? Your basil is looking great!! There's nothing better than fresh basil IMO.

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  9. Kate! So sorry I didn't get back to you - it's been a bit crazy for me this week with family stuff - hope it all went well in North Sydney...maybe next time you're in town?

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  10. I love basil. Will you make basil oil as well? I had made some a few years ago and for ages when adding it to salad or vegies it was like the taste of summer. Yum.

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  11. OMG I can almost smell it-your photos are that green and fresh!

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  12. Oh I love the smell of fresh basil! Love your idea of putting it in a vase:)

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