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There is nothing better than having your own basil plant in a pot. You can enjoy its smell all day and always have it as fresh as it will ever be, literary direct from the tree.
Removing the plastic bag is the first thing to do. Keep the plant indoors, not fully exposed to the sunlight. Make sure you water the plant every second day or whenever it looks floppy. Water deeply at least once a week. The best time of day for water is early in the morning. The best practice is to transplant to a larger pot. It keeps the roots growing deep and the soil moist. When growing in a container, your goal is to keep the soil from drying out. Basil quickly thrives in a large pot. It grows so well, in fact, that it becomes overgrown in a short time. Overgrown basil plants, especially those allowed to flower, produce bitter leaves unsuitable for cooking. For this reason, it is important to prune overgrown basil and maintain it with periodic trimming for its health and usefulness. One last tip if you keep them in a pot is to have a flowerpot dish that keeps the soil moist and, at the same time, allows the water in excess to drain.
3 cups fresh basil leaves
4 garlic cloves
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup pine nuts