If you are planning your Spring garden, here is a Beginner’s Guide to Growing Basil to help you out.
You can start to harvest basil as early as 3-4 weeks after it has been able to stay out overnight, or once the plant is taller than six inches. Gently pinch all the way down the stem to the union of the next leaf set. You want to remove that stem so that new leaves will grow from that point. Pinch off as much as you need at the time or harvest full stems for freezing and drying.
|Pinching out the center above two branching leaves.|
|Flowering Sweet Basil|
|Holy (Tulsi) Basil|