How To Grow And Harvest Basil So It Keeps Growing

Erica Groneman + photo

Erica Groneman

Jun 22
2 min read
bubble 0
basil growing in a window pot

Basil is an easy-to-grow go-to herb for many culinary dishes. Let’s talk about how you can maximize your basil crop.

Where to grow

Basil can be grown basically anywhere depending on how big of a crop you want. You can plant basil directly in the ground of a raised or in-ground bed, in a pot on the porch, as part of your Stacking Herb Garden, or in a container on a sunny windowsill. Basil is an excellent addition to any home garden.

Harvesting

Harvest basil by cutting from the top down of the plant. A good rule of thumb is to never cut more than half of a stem at a time, and make your cut right above a pair of leaves, not leaving stem at the top. This encourages new leaf growth, which is what we want with basil. If you harvest your basil correctly you’ll notice the plant becomes more bushy and full, not top heavy or stringy with few leaves.

Discourage flowering and going to seed

Throughout the season try to keep the basil from flowering and going to seed by pinching or cutting off the flowers to keep the energy of the plant on making leaves. When you see a flower starting to emerge, pinch it off. Of course, harvesting your basil regularly will naturally discourage flowering or going to seed.

Preserving

When the temperature gets colder and danger of frost sets in, get ready to dry and preserve your basil crop. To do this, simply clip off any flowers or unsightly leaves or stems then clip the basil at the base of the plant and hang it upside down to dry. (I use thick string or yarn, tying the base together then attaching the other end of the string to where it can hang from). It usually takes about 3-4 weeks to be completely dry. After it is completely dry, take it down, carefully remove the leaves from the stems, crush the leaves (with either a rolling pin or a quick pulse in the blender) and store the crushed leaves in a pint or quart size mason jar. Your fresh dried basil is then ready to use.

Become a True Leaf Market Brand Ambassador! You’ll enjoy awesome perks, free products and exclusive swag & offers! Help us create a gardening revolution and help others experience the joy of growing!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

0 Comments

No Comments yet! Be the first to start a conversation

  1. Piet Oudolf: Embracing the Naturalistic Gardenquaking grass perennial

    Piet Oudolf: Embracing the Naturalistic Garden

    Written By Lara Wadsworth Piet Oudolf is a world renowned Dutch garden designer. His designs are focused on a naturalistic approach to enjoy the ever changing beauty offered by plants in their various stages of life. His designs have played a role in t...


    Ashleigh Smith + photo

    Ashleigh Smith

    2024-05-21
    7 min read
    bubble 0
  2. Memorial Day Exclusive: Triple Points on All Purchases!memorial day sale - triple rewards points on all purchases

    Memorial Day Exclusive: Triple Points on All Purchases!

    Triple Points For All True Leaf Market Loyalty Members Now Through May 27th, 2024 For every dollar you spend in our store at trueleafmarket.com (excluding tax & shipping costs), you can earn triple the rewards points now through May 27th, 2024, which a...


    Ashleigh Smith + photo

    Ashleigh Smith

    2024-05-20
    2 min read
    bubble 1
  3. Alice Waters: Cultivating the Farm-To-Table MovementHands holding fresh potatoes with other vegetables on the table

    Alice Waters: Cultivating the Farm-To-Table Movement

    Written By Lara Wadsworth The farmers grow the food, the people eat the food. That’s how it goes, right? Well, that’s how it is supposed to be. What really happens is the farmers grow the food, the suppliers buy the food, then store it, and then ship i...


    Ashleigh Smith + photo

    Ashleigh Smith

    2024-05-13
    7 min read
    bubble 0
  4. 10 California Natives for Organic Pest Controlcalifornia poppy

    10 California Natives for Organic Pest Control

    Written By Lara Wadsworth Whether you call California home or not, we can all agree it is a beautiful state. From the alluring coastline to the towering redwoods, the natural meadows, and rugged mountains, California is a place all its own. How can you...


    Ashleigh Smith + photo

    Ashleigh Smith

    2024-05-06
    6 min read
    bubble 1