This herb has been popular among the Greeks and Italians for more than one thousand years. Although basil is a kitchen herb primarily known for its piquant and spicy odour, it also has medicinal uses. Sow in a greenhouse. Do not cover the seeds. Press them gently and keep moist. Once the plants are large enough, transplant into pots and boxes, or in a warm spot in the garden. Tasty in salads, pastas, pesto, etc.