Sunday, October 11, 2015

How to Grow Basil Indoors and make a Caprese Salad

I have an old, scraggly basil plant that I've been growing indoors for several years.  She may not look pretty, but sure sure makes a great caprese salad, LOL!  Sometimes I forget to water her, but she lets me know by dropping her leaves in a sad way.

If you've never made a caprese salad, it's so easy:  get some fresh mozzarella balls and cut them up, add basil leaves in small bite-size pieces, then slice up some fresh tomatoes (you know, the ones your garden has been overflowing with all summer) and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and a little olive oil.
I like to add freshly ground pepper too. Delish!  You can find the fresh mozzarella balls in most grocery stores.

In this recipe the blogger cooks the balsamic vinegar down - you don't need to do that although it makes a tasty sauce.

So today I'm reposting a really cool article from 33 Shades of Green about propagating basil -- growing it from cuttings.  If you get a minute, buzz on over to 33 Shades of Green for more ideas.


How to Propagate Basil

If you follow me on Instagram you may remember the photo I shared of tiny basil clippings lined up on my windowsill back in April.  I'm pleased to say that the propagating technique worked and my garden is now bursting with basil.  If you love basil as much as I do, you are going to want to try this!
1.  Start with a healthy basil plant from the grocery store or garden nursery.
2.  Cut of sections of basil at the top of the plant, making sure to cut the center stem at the intersection of 3 stems.  See example in photo below:

3.  Place each basil cutting in a small glass jar filled with water.

4.  Place jars in a sunny windowsill.  Watch water levels and refill with fresh water every few days.
5.  In a couple of weeks, small roots will appear!  Continue to refill water in jars until roots are 1/2" to an 1" long.
6.  Plant each cutting outside in your garden and watch it grow!  If you don't have a garden, basil grows very well in containers.  Plant a big pot with your cuttings and you'll be all set.
Who knew that propagating basil would be so easy!  I can't wait to enjoy countless capreses and lots of pesto this summer.
Have you ever tried Caprese Salad?  The combination of flavors is fantastic! 

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