madmash
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Location: england

My 1st basil grow-- advice?

Hey im growing basil for the 1st time, and could do with some pointers, heres the set up:

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Im using multi purpose compost... can i use this forever or must i change at some point?

11-12 hours 125w grow light per day... is this ok to do so?

just about to start using blood fish and bone fertilizer its NPK is 5-5-6, are these balanced enough levels or should i find an equal mix?

im trying to grow big bushy plants to make tons of pesto. lol i aint paying 2 quid a jar anymore!

Sani
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hey madmash, Im new to gardening but I found great success growing basil and even as a new member I think I can help,
What variety are you growing?
are you planning to eventually grow them in natural sunlight?

my lettuce leaf basil grows 4 leaves a week in full sunlight indoors against a glass window. I found that the plants love sunshine and the more the better.

I read that Lettuce Leaf, Sweet, and Genovese basil make the best pesto out of all varieties.

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madmash
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Hey thanks for your reply, im growing "sweet genovese", do you use fertilizers, and what type of compost and stuff do you use, thanks mate :o

also, i will let them grow in sunlight, but as you may know, britich winters are extremely dull and have little light. so when the summer comes i will be planting some outside.

(your leaves are very big on your basil, how do they taste?)



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