Monday, June 27, 2011

Basil!! And more basil!!

Basil

If you are anything like me, you may miss a blog post now and then.  Oh sure, you try and read everything everyone posts, but sometimes life gets in the way, and before you know it, Google Reader says you have 1000+ blog posts to read.  So, maybe you missed my posts last year about basil, more specifically harvesting your basil.  So, this is a repeat of a sorts, using this years basil.  The pic above?  That’s my first basil harvest of the season.  I start out with about 3 basil plants, when they get about 10-12 inches tall, I trim them all the way back to about 4 inches tall, making sure to leave a few leaves.  Then I bring in all the stems and put them in little vases.

Rooting basil

After a couple of weeks, this happens!!!   Yep, basil roots crazy easy! 

Basil

I take all my new little basil plants and plant them back in my herb bed.  Now, I have eleven basil plants.  In about a month, I will harvest all of them, and begin the process of freezing the basil, either in pesto, or just chopped up in olive oil and frozen. 

This will be my entry for Weekend Herb Blogging hosted by   Cinzia from Cindystar

11 comments:

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Great idea Pam. I will definitely be trying this.
Sam

Joanne said...

I have to tell you, I certainly remember this post because I tried to convince my parents to harvest their basil and all they did was look at me with completely confused looks on their faces. Yup. They'll be waiting for August again.

A Year on the Grill said...

keep those ideas coming... I finally have a wonderful patch of basil growing. Now making plans!

BTW... any suggestions to keep basil growing well in containers in winter... Mine died around January this year.

Kalyn said...

Did not miss it, and you inspired me to try it. This year I'm going to trim up my basil at the end of the year and try keeping it alive inside for part of the winter.

Kat said...

I will be trying this! Thanks for the tip.

Lea Ann said...

ok, thank you, thank you, thank you for this. Will trim my basil when I get home tonight and start that vicious basil circle. :-)

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

You can never have too much basil ~ or too much fun !

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

I love my basil too!

Wearinbeads said...

OK I am going to try this. Plant roots like the dark, so I am going to use colored jars or wrap with foil to encourage root growth. Thanks for the idea to root them.

Reeni said...

I needed this so bad you have no idea! I have one plant that can't produce nearly enough basil to keep up with my use. You're genius!

Chris said...

Well crap. I didn't know you could do that. Forwarding this to my wife, the garden whisperer.