Five Easy Garden Plants to Grow from Seed

Purple basil plant.
Purple basil is both decorative and edible.

Plant #1: Basil

Basil is an annual plant that’s probably the easiest herb to grow from seed, and let’s face it – fresh summer pesto is one of the best things in the world! The plants are attractive enough to grow alongside your favorite flowers, and as a bonus basil is believed to repel bugs in the garden.

Basil seeds need soil temperatures of around 70° F to grow, so wait until all danger of frost has passed in the spring before planting. Another option is to start seeds indoors in late winter and move the seedlings outside when the weather warms up.

Plant basil seeds about ¼” deep in a sunny spot that’s sheltered from the wind as well as foot or animal traffic.

You should see seedlings in a couple of weeks and can start harvesting basil as soon as the plants are big enough to spare a few leaves. In fact pinching back leggy stems encourages the plants to branch out, so enjoy the early harvest!

Check out our articles on How to Grow Basil and make Making Pesto Sauce to find out more.


  1. I have been trying everything I read on websites to make my Gardenia Bush to come back to a really nice bush. Every website says something different. So I am not sure what I need to do to get it back to a full bush. It has hardly any leaves and never flowered last year. Also, I had a really huge Aloe Vera plant and the freeze got it, even covered up. It is now trying to make some new sprouts, but some are coming out of where the humungous leaves were. And they have all gooey leaves which are dying, but new leaves are coming out from the awful looking plants. I want to remove the big dead plant leaves which are now attached to the stalk. I used garden shears to cut all the dead (frozen) leaves from the plant, via info on the web, It looks really terrible and it was so magnificent. I would like to get it back to where it would grow back like it was but I really need some progressional help on how to do it.
    Jo Hancock


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