Edible gardening guide

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Instead of low-growing, dark-leaved annuals for pots
Photo by Kimberley Navabpour; written by Julie Chai

Instead of low-growing, dark-leaved annuals for pots

Plant: Purple basil, which you can add to summer salads and pasta dishes.

How to grow: Start from seed or seedling in spring, after frost has passed. Pinch off flower spikes as they form, and plant a new crop every two weeks for a continual harvest. Basil reaches 16 inches or taller and a foot wide. All zones.

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