Last year I had awful luck with basil--- I want to get it right this year. I get a ton of mint, tomatoes, cow horn peppers, and chiles, but my basil skills are clearly lacking.
I had several run of the mill sweet basil plants last year. One in a 2 gallon pot, and one in a 3 gallon pot. They had small leaves and remained basically the same size until they bolted. I had the same problem with some lime basil plants that I planted in a 1 gallon pot.
What size of container is ideal for basil? My first year growing anything was a few years back, and I planted a basil plant in a shallow 2 gallon container that was only about 4" deep, but was very wide. I wouldn't say the plant, "thrived" but it certainly grew pretty well and supplied me with a fair amount of basil, without me fertilizing at all. Should I be looking for a wider container as opposed to a deep one? I have some 5 gallon buckets from home depot-- is this going overboard? Or are they even wide enough?