Basil loves hot dry weather, which seems to concentrate its flavor. It needs good soil and a sunny spot in your garden. It can be grown from seed but must not be sown outdoors until all danger of frost has passed.
Basil does well in a pot on a sunny windowsill as long as it is watered regularly and fed with an all-purpose fertilizer once a month.
Pick the leaves whenever you need them. If you pinch out the tip, then the basil will grow bushier. Basil is best used fresh. For winter reserves, keep a few pots on the windowsill or place whole basil leaves into ice cube trays, cover with water and freeze.