Last year in Tromsø I dismally failed at growing basil.  In fact, only the sprouting leaves came up.  This year I've had a little more luck.  Even though Alta is at nearly the same height on the globe as Tromsø (a little higher actually), Alta has a much better growing climate.  This is because Alta is more inland and the weather is more stable and warmer during the Summer.  (However, the Winters are also colder.) Thank goodness my last failed growing attempted wasn't because of me! Now we have been able to enjoy beautiful fresh basil all Summer.  The basil sits on my window sill.  I usually make fresh pesto with it but quite often I just rustle the leaves to make its beautiful smell fill the air. Who ever said you can't grow basil in the arctic? 

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