|Purple Queen Basil|
One of the best parts about growing basil is that it often sets seed, which sprouts readily. The plants can also be propagated from tip cuttings. Keep in mind that basil is an annual, although it is fairly common that the plants will grow for 2 years. When basil plants get fairly woody, the leaves lose their ideal mild taste and become more bitter. The woody stems can be used to infuse basil flavor into grilled or roasted meats, or used as shish-kabob skewers. basil plants enjoy consistent moisture but not wet feet or soggy soil. Experiment with a few different types, and you may be surprised at how well your containerized gardens will grow for you.