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How to Prune Basil for Larger Yields
“What could possibly come close to the smell of basil in the summer? Basil reigns as my favorite herb to have in the garden because it’s super easy to grow, and it usually seeds, so I have volunteers popping up the next spring (win!). But my basil plants haven’t always been abundant growers. In fact after the first few years of tall, skinny basil plants, I finally caught on to the idea of pruning for fuller plants. And wow! What a difference a little pruning can make! Just a few snips per plant can make the difference between one batch of pesto and enough pesto to share with the neighbors.”
Ah, basil. My favorite herb. If you’re like me and enjoy growing basil in your garden, you need to make sure you’re pruning it properly in order to get a bumper crop of this beauty. And once you’ve got something akin to a basil bush in your garden, you can go to town making pesto, dried basil to use in the winter, or preserve it by freezing it in some oil. And don’t forget to add it to your summer salads, caprese skewers, and pasta because the flavor of fresh basil is the best!