85 DAYS Incredibly versatile, basil is wonderful for growing in a container on the windowsill or in the garden! Harvest leaves all summer long and eat fresh, dry or freeze for later use. Extremely popular in salads and vegetable dishes, fresh leaves also make a great addition to soups, pestos and summer drinks. Make planting a cinch with handy 12 x 12 seed mats! Seeds are encased in biodegradable paper that protects the seeds during germination and dissolves in the course of watering. Simply place seed mat in the garden or in one of our Grow Tub™ containers and water—no worries about over- or under-seeding! Annual.