Basil and Pepper Progress Report (Seed Sowing Saturday)

It’s time for another seed starting update! This week it’s the peppers and basil seedlings that get the spotlight. I plant basil and peppers every year in the vegetable garden. I find that basil is indispensable as a seasoning and for making pesto. It also has a some companion planting benefits when planted alongside the vegetables in the garden (particularly the tomatoes!) I don’t worry as much with the peppers as I do many of the other vegetables. We just don’t use them as much in our cooking. Stuffed peppers are pretty good and I love peppers in an omelet (with mushrooms and shallots!) or on a pizza but peppers just aren’t the one vegetable that rules the garden for us!

Pepper Seedlings

For basil I’ve planted ‘Dark Opal’ which is a purple basil, an Italian basil, and some ‘Spicy Globe’ basil. I’ve enjoyed all three in the garden and have to keep adding them in to the planting plan. Last year I tried a purple ruffle basil which was very cool for its ornamental value. Cinnamon basil is another neat basil that hopefully I’ll get going again this year. I saved seed for it but haven’t started it yet! The frost date has past so it’s time to get planting in the garden!

Basil Seedlings

It’s finally time for us here in Middle Tennessee to safely begin planting our hot season vegetables and annuals. Zinnias, sunflowers, beans, marigolds, and all kinds of other plantings should be safe from the killing frosts. Now’s the time when all out gardening begins!

You’re invited to join in Seed Sowing Saturday! Post and tell us about your seed sowing activities of the week!

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Dave has written since 2007. He gardens on an acre and a half where he raises his 4 children. He enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, and propagating plants. Dave has a side business growing and selling heirloom vegetables and herb plants through Blue Shed Gardens and works as a real estate agent in Spring Hill, TN.


  1. I've been wanting to try the Globe Basil for the past two years and rats-until this moment–I FORGOT yet again! I have Cinnamon, Lemon, Plenty and Blue Spice going so I'm not sure I need more, but……..

  2. Morning Dave, Looks like you've been using your potting shed! I've been tucking little zinnia seedlings into the garden, planted cllantro two weeks ago~I was sure we wouldn't get a frost. Once itdries out a bit I will plant the rest of the garden goodies. gail

  3. Thanks for that tip about companion planting I will be using that. I have some basil, Spicy Bush, in the greenhouse, and I can't wait to eat it — it's one of my favorite flavors!

    Here's my seed starting update for this week:

  4. Things going on today but plan to replant tomorrow. Okra, cukes & squash. Must straighten corn up as the wind blew it over this afternoon.

  5. Hello DAve!! I am sharing my EDANAME growing this sowing saturday and some more sowing!
    Andrea, From CAlifornia
    today we had a 80f hot day! :)
    I love basil too, I am growing sweet and genovese basil

  6. I grow basil togetehr with peppers they help each other,its Companion GArdening

  7. I love growing basil too. I just can't get enough of it. It's so great fresh.

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