Basil is a great herb to grow in the garden. I have three types growing in my vegetable garden. Pictured above is a purple variety (probably Purple Ruffles) and Spicy Globe Basil (in the back left corner). I also grow Sweet Genovese basil.
Basil is easy to start from seed beginning in early March. It can be planted in the garden in late April but will not grow much until the weather really warms up. Here is my only problem with basil, it flowers too soon and requires constant deadheading beginning around early August here in my garden. Spicy globe basil does NOT flower as much or as early as the purple and sweet Genovese flowers so it is a good option for gardeners who don't wish to deadhead daily. I just love the smell of it and use it with tomatoes quite often. Unfortunately for me, most of the fun is in growing more than preserving so this will mostly all go in the compost bin.
One good note, you can expect basil to self seed and return the following year, so look for the seedlings. A great surprise!
in the garden....