In the Field: Herb picking tips
Farmer D shows you how to pick herbs, using basil as an example. He also explains how picking their leaves prepares herbs for planting. (Meredith Darlington/MNN and Nick Scoll/MNN)
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Farmer D: With the basil, there’s a node here where it splits and two new little plants grow. With most herbs, that’s where you want to pick. So for example, right here, between there, right here, between there, right here, between there, right here. Ease away the flowers, it helps the plants bush out rather than get tall and leggy. It's good to do this right before you plant because it’s going to push the energy down more into the roots and then to hang on and grow all these leaves.