Packet of about 1000 vegetable seeds.
Planting instructions: Sow 6-8 weeks before the last frost in spring. Keep the soil moist and around 70 degrees. You should see seedlings emerge 7-14 days after planting your seeds. As soon as seedlings appear make sure and give the plants plenty of sunlight. Keep them on a windowsill if possible, or under fluorescent grow lights during the day.
Basil prefers growing in a lightly moist, slightly acidic, well-drained soil that contains lots of organic matter (like compost!). Like most herbs, basil is not a heavy feeder, so there is no need to add any fertilizer to the soil around your plants. Basil is a good companion for tomatoes as it will tolerate being shaded as the tomato plant matures.
To get the highest yield of tender and flavorful basil leaves, pinch back the tip of each branch, starting in early summer when the plants are just 6 inches tall. Continue pinching back the branches (as you harvest the leaves), pinching off any flowers that start to form. If the plant is not allowed to flower and set seed, it should continue producing high quality leaves right up to frost.