Why is BASIL important for ORGANIC PRODUCERS?

A favorite spice of many and one of the key additives in Mediterranean cuisine, basil is without a doubt a medicinal plant that gives “taste” to every dish. A large number of spice lovers decide to grow this potted plant on their own, usually planting it at the beginning of May. However, this plant with a characteristic smell and taste has an excellent application in an increasingly widespread branch of agriculture – organic production. Here are 3 reasons why organic growers should always have basil nearby.


Basil is an excellent “neighbor” plant

Basil is an excellent neighbor plant for many cultivated crops. The most famous is certainly its combination with peppers and tomatoes, and many do not know that it is a good neighbor and lettuce, blue eggplant, cucumber, vine.

Here’s why basil has a great “collaboration” with tomatoes: tomatoes create a shade of basil, which slows down its flowering and thus the harvest time of basil is longer. Basil on the other side defends the tomato from yours which reduce the yield of tomatoes and reduce the market value of its fruits by laying eggs in them. Therefore, combining these two plants is very profitable.

Basil protects its neighbors from ashtrays, hard mosquitoes and flies, but also from tripsa which causes great damage to plants, especially peppers.

Basil suppresses whiteflies

Whiteflies represent one of the most significant economic pests in vegetable gardens. The reason lies in the fact that the larvae and adults of these pests suck plant juices, which is why stops the progression of plants and this leads to a weakening of their immunity. In addition, they are transmitters and plant viruses because they secrete honeydew. It most often attacks cucumbers, cabbage, peppers, tomatoes and can greatly reduce their yields.

This is where the basil from which it is prepared appears on the stage natural preparation for effective fight against whiteflies. Recipe: 10 liters of water let it boil and then pour over it kilogram of finely chopped fresh basil or 200 grams of dried. Leave the tea to stand 30 minutes, strain and use for effective protection.

Bee on basilFoto:Pixabay

Basil attracts pollinators

Basil is also good honey plant due to its long flowering period – from May to August. During that period, it was a source of nectar and pollen for bees. This reflects another importance of basil for growing crops, will attract pollinators which are necessary for the successful production of different crops.

Source: Agromedia by www.agromedia.rs.

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