This is the quintessential Italian pesto basil, with a flavour that is sweet and peppery. Genovese basil was first bred in the Northwest coast of Italy, specifically the port town of Genoa. This is the preferred pesto basil for serious culinary types and is an incredibly easy to grow and adaptable variety, making this an excellent variety for home gardeners
When to Plant
Zone 1: September – January
Zone 2: September – February
Zone 3: Anytime
Zone 4: Anytime
Spacing: 20 – 25cm
Depth: 0 – 1cm
Position: Full sun
Soil: Free Draining with plenty of compost
How to Plant: Early in the season sow in trays, however once sufficiently warm sow directly into the garden near your tomatoes. Plant two seeds in each hole and water in. Keep moist, not wet, until germination.
Companion Plants: Tomatoes
Approximate no. of seeds: 200
Note: We source all of our seeds locally and in small batches to ensure they remain at their maximum viability for germination
**Shipping - Not to Western Australia**
Much like an heirloom possession - being something of value that has been passed down from generation to generation - heirloom seeds have a value and represent our heritage of diverse plants whether in relation to their yield, flavour, resistance to disease or something else entirely. They have been saved year by year, generation by generation for a reason.
An heirloom seed is an old variety (by definition pre-dating 1960’s) that is open pollinated, by either wind, insect or animal (humans included). Seeds collected will then produce a (nearly) exact copy of their parent plant, so by saving seeds from last season’s best tomato plant, we can enjoy a whole garden of them this year. In this way, we can slowly select for qualities that we like and evolve our gardens over time.