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  1. Basil is truly a warm season herb, and in the Pacific Northwest is pays to be patient when planting basil in the garden. If you're directly sowing seeds outdoors, it's best to wait until soil temperatures remain above 60 degrees and all danger of frost has passed. In your area that can be anywhere from May through June. If you're starting with potted seedlings or plants, wait until all danger of frost has passed and nighttime temperatures remain above 50 degrees. In general, the first or second week of June is a good bet for planting basil. Good luck!

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