Basil is a hearty plant that provides plenty of fragrant leaves to cook with. Give the plant a few weeks to get established. Once the plant is 10-12 inches you can start to pick about 25% of the plant at one time. It can be used fresh or dry, its leaves lend a pleasant, mildly sweet flavor to sauces, cooked dishes, omelets, and vegetable stir fry and even salads. Requires sunny location in warm weather.