Basil is my favourite herb, it goes with everything and I absolutely love its scent, so much so that I am wondering whether I might keep some on my bedside table. Now, I am in no way an excellent gardener and am rather neglectful of my plants. I don't have an outdoor space to call my own and therefore just have a small indoor kitchen herb corner. Some plants are happy to be kept indoors and others just don't grow well in my kitchen.
My basil seeds failed this year and so in my hour of cooking need I bought a plant pot of basil from the supermarket. These plants don't keep well as they are forced and often only have a short life. I have however found a successful way to keep the basil going, make it stronger and re-pot it. I tried splitting the plants out when I got the pot but they just weren't strong and didn't seem to take hold. One day I took the pot, chopped some of the healthy stems off, and stuck them in a glass of water. I forgot about them (see - neglectful gardener) for a bit and a few days/ weeks later realised they had begun to grow roots. I left them and eventually potted them out. They have been really healthy strong plants since. I have done this a few times now and it works brilliantly.