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Aussie Sweetie Basil
This terrific variety of sweet basil can go at the back of the garden, since it attains 3 to 4 feet in height, and a distinctly columnar form. In fact, it is sometimes referred to as Greek Columnar Basil. It has a very complex basil scent and flavor, since one?s first impression is of cinnamon, allspice, and cloves. But it can be used as any sweet basil when more layers of flavor are desired. A notable advantage in terms of culture is that Aussie Sweetie is often the longest-lasting basil in the fall, producing usable leaves much later in the fall than more heat-loving varieties. When transplanting any basil, wait until the soil and air are very warm — 65 degrees Fahrenheit for soil and air. Pinch off the lower set of leaves and plant 1 to 3 inches deeper than the soil level in the pot you purchased. New roots will form along the stem, just as with tomato plants. Fertilize periodically throughout the growing season with an organic, slow-release fertilizer, and make sure to provide plenty of sun and water.