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OK, my garden is more of a large pot.

How can I safely fertilize to get the optimum amt of basil. (I use lots of basil)

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Use dried tea from your tea bags (if you drink tea), put into the soil of your pots. Coffee works too. Cover with fresh potting soil.

You can also crush egg shells and use this to fertilize potted plants.
 

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I use an organic seaweed emulsion at about 1/3 suggested strength. Smells a bit off for a day so I make sure to spray/water it on well before I harvest.
 

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I'm assuming that you used fresh potting mix for your container? You shouldn't really need to fertilize that basil. Yes, it's a leafy annual, but you'll get better flavor out of the leaves if you let it grow a bit "lean." In fact, most of our culinary herbs like it lean.

If you're feeling like your basil needs a boost though, you might try some compost tea. Or a little topdressing of worm compost. Both have microorganisms that are beneficial to the soil, have some nutrients, and may deter some of the more nasty beasties.
 
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