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Brilliant, step by step for us beginners. Thanks
Brilliant! I've germinated 6 varieties and they're all doing well. Thank you.
I'm pretty much a COMPLETE beginner with gardening, and I think this is a brilliant guide. I've just planted my basil, with plans to do parsley in the same way if this goes well.
when do i start to prick out the leaves to bush up my basil plants, as they tend to grow talk and spindly?


Very helpful as I have brought today both Basil and Coriander seeds and will be heading to the greenhouse tomorrow to plant the seeds with the help of my three year old budding gardner grandaughter. Just one question though how do I make the plants bush out?
cagneybuff rates this excellent video for novice would like to have seen care during growing period.
As with everything Joe does, detailed enough for the beginner but not patronising to the more experienced. MORE JOE ON GW PLEASE!
i've been looking for this type of info for quite a long time; great post having in mind the beginners me...who really have no clues ...
Hi, could someone help me i dont get much sunlight in my windowsill and i am wondering will my basil still germinate??
Please help me somebody! I've been trying for 2 months to view the video's but am having no luck. The BBC are no help, I've emailed them twice as they've told me to do but that was five weeks ago - still no reply! I've downloaded and removed Adobe 6 times, what am I doing wrong - please help?
Great video, one of the best.
Re mintymo's problem with the viewing of video content from BBC. Upgrade to the latest version of adobe flashplayer (right click the video and select about adobe flashplayer). Should be version 10 If you still can't view the video right click the video again and select global settings. On the displayed page click "Global Storage Settings panel" on the right hand menu. On the setting panel click the second tab and place a check mark in the second checkbox (Allow third party content...)
Can basil and other herbs be grown inside on the windowsill in the winter months?
I will be growing lots of this in my greenhouse next year. Thanks for a great video.


so we dont need to water it till it actually come out?
Excitable Boy
Eddie Craig wrote (see)
Can basil and other herbs be grown inside on the windowsill in the winter months?

In theory, yes. In practice this is very difficult for mediterranean herbs like basil. I think this is because they require light as well as heat and, of course, you don't tend to get that inside in winter in the UK.

Paul N
Step 1. Spray the water onto the compost using a fine spray on the watering can.

Step 2. Use a small circular piece of plywood to level the surface and not leave it like the surface of the moon.

Step 3. After sowing, use a small sieve to finally cover the seeds, or use vermiculite.

I don't know, these young people ;-)
If you let yourself run short of basil, or parsley, supermarkets sell pots of these herbs which can be put straight into a bigger pot and they grow much larger and much more quickly than from seed. It is also possible to gently separate the plants and grow them individually.