[Market-farming] Basil in row spacing

Brian Luton bcluton at aol.com
Wed Dec 26 10:30:33 EST 2012


When I set basil transplants for our earlier harvests I tend to go with four to six inches. And we still harvest pretty young. 

Once we get into the "warm" season. I direct seed basil and do single cut harvest for a week or few depending on conditions.  Direct seeded the in row spacing is rather close and its a dense row. Probably +/- 1".  I'll do three to four rows in the bed at about 8".  

Harvested young this has always worked pretty well. The quality is really good and the efficiency is good.  We do bunches and sometimes bulk harvest. The only possible drawback is the smaller plant structure results in a bit more soil splash.

I'd think the 2" spacing with the paper pot would work similarly. 

Brian

On Dec 26, 2012, at 10:02 AM, "stonecirclefarm tds.net" <stonecirclefarm at tds.net> wrote:

> Interesting idea Andy.  I would experiment with the in-row spacing to find out what works best...it may depend on the variety you are growing.  I am guessing that the 2" spacing might be too tight and that the 4" spacing might work well. I use the 4" spaced paper chain pots on my basil and the plants seem to grow well.  I think the 6" would be too much wasted space given that you plan to harvest the whole plants.
> 
> -John
> 
> On Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 8:40 AM, Andy Fellenz <artisanfarms at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> 
>> For the last 10 years I've grown Basil bush style and harvested stems through-out the season.  This results in a fair amount of time being spent pinching blossoms and also yields a fair amount of odd length stems and more harvesting and bunching labor than I like.  For next season I am thinking about doing multiple succession plantings and harvesting young whole plants.  My question is what will be the best in row spacing?  Can I plant at 2" and get a reasonable amount of leaves, or should I plant at either 4 or 6".  The goal is to harvest the plants when they get close to 12" high.  I'll be using my paperpot transplanter to set the plants and will most likely plant the basil in either 4 row beds with 12" between the rows or 5 row beds with 8-9" between the rows.  Ideally, I'd plant every other week and harvest each bed for 2 weeks.  The basil will be sold in bunches or be used as a bonus for the CSA shares.  
>> 
>> Andy
>> 
>> 
>> 
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