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I always thought that basil wanted to grow in full, hot sun, and certainly we’ve always had good luck growing it that way.  But two unimpeachable sources (gnarled old Italian gardeners) have told us in the last week that full, hot sun is only for growing basil for minestra, the vegetable soup many still eat for supper here.  If you want to  make pesto with your basil, you must grow it in partial sun; it will be more tender and better suited to pesto (recipe here).  Who knew?