About the 1st of June I sprinkled a hand full of Basil seeds on the ground in a small 6" diameter circle and covered them with sand. The plants all came up in a few days. Now it looks like a big shrub. Wow the smell is strong. I can smell it 50 ft away. Too bad this smell won't kill mosquitoes, it's about to kill me. LOL. It is a pretty over powering smell from 5 ft away.
Last week I got the idea to do the same thing with several other herbs. Wal Mart has seeds now 99 cents per pack so I dumped a whole pack of seeds in each 6" circle and covered them with sand and kept them wet. All the herbs are coming up.
I used the Chinese water method to keep the soil wet. Poke a small pin hole in a 1 gallon plastic milk jug full of water and set a jug next to each plot of seeds. They stay wet all day in the hot sun and they all come up quick in this warm weather.
I will have 7 more herb shrubs in about a month.