tomato basil soup harvest, knowing the cold would kill the basil before i had a chance.
this year however, was different. when initially picking out our starter plants from a local garden center, i overheard a woman telling her presumably granddaughter, to cut back her basil regularly once the plant was large enough to harvest. she then proceeded to say how this method, in the long run, would produce more basil. i was in awe & decided to try that technique in our garden.
& now, here i am, sharing that overheard knowledge (& godsend) with you.
1. find young leaves just above the bottom 2-3 sets of leaves. most likely, these young thangs are growing with some older leaves as well. feel free to use your discretion. in some cases, i cut a bit further up since the stalk was a little wonky.
3. repeat throughout the entire plant. by now you're nerves should be gone and the plant should be looking mighty stumpy (as your pile of cut basil continues to grow).