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Homemade Organic Basil Pesto

This post brought to you by Nature’s Care. All opinions are 100% mine.

My edible garden is doing great! I’ve been outside every weekend now that the weather is nice: preparing the soil, transplanting the herbs, mulching, and generally just getting my hands dirty, and I’m loving every minute of it!

The herbs aren’t ready for harvest yet, but they’re growing like crazy, so I pruned a bunch of them this weekend. Which meant there was enough basil for my first homegrown organic recipe of the year: organic basil pesto!

There's nothing better than homemade basil pesto with fresh homegrown, organic basil!

I’ve been planning this organic edible garden since before we even bought this house and moved in, and I’m so excited that it’s all working out so well! The seedlings sprouted about a month ago, and I transplanted them into larger containers (using Nature’s Care potting soil) to give them a bit more room to grow.

I’m really impressed with this whole Nature’s Care line: it’s a new, natural formula that’s perfect for growing herbs! No weird chemicals in the soil or in the plant food; they even have a pest control spray that’s all natural! I’m lucky that so far my plants are pest free (knock on wood!) but I’m really glad to know that if any pests show up, there’s a natural way to get rid of them that won’t affect my herbs!

I love cooking with my own herbs, and I can’t wait to start making recipes this year! Besides the cooking herbs like basil, oregano, and sage, I’m also growing a tea garden. I have lavender, spearmint, anise, chamomile, and bergamot out in the garden, and I plan to make organic herbal teas once they’re ready to harvest!

For now though, the basil is the only herb big enough to really use, so I decided to make some homemade organic basil pesto! I made this same recipe last year and it was delicious, but this year I made it with the clippings I took from my organic basil when I pruned it.

Homemade Organic Basil Pesto

It’s not a ton of basil, but it’s definitely enough for some pesto!

Homemade Organic Basil Pesto

If you want to grow your own organic edible garden, check out the Nature’s Care line of products! They have everything you need to grow a happy, healthy garden, and the products are available at most major retailers!

What are your favorite recipes to make with your homegrown herbs and veggies?

Disclosure: I received compensation from Nature’s Care in exchange for my honest discussion of their products. But I’ve been really happy with their products, and all opinions in this post are 100% my own. I would never write a post about something I didn’t think was useful or interesting for you guys, and Practically Functional will only publish sponsored posts for companies or products I love and believe in! :-)

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Comments

  1. Oh.Emm.Gee. A tea garden?! SO cool! And my basil was the all-star so far in my pizza garden, too :)

  2. Great job! Homemade basil is the absolute best!!

  3. Yum…is there anything better than homegrown basil?

  4. YUMMY!!! A perfect way to celebrate the flavors of summer!!

  5. This sounds delicious ~ I’ve never made pesto before. I always assumed it was too hard. Another recipe to add to my recipe box. :)

  6. I love adding herbs to our meals! I’ll check out this brand!

  7. We have the hardest time keeping basil alive in our backyard. We try, though, cause my husband loves to cook with it!

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