How to Harvest and Use Basil

Basil is a fragrant condiment that brings magic to common dishes and is easy to grow. Fresh basil and dried basil taste very different, even like two completely different herbs. Of course, fresh basil is more palatable than dried.

Harvest and topping. As the plant matures, remove the top two leaves when the basil is tall enough. If you keep under observation, you will see that each leaf has two young leaves at the base that will grow if you use hand pruners to cut the stem between them. When topping, cut as close to the young leaves as possible, but be careful not to injure the two leaves.

Topping makes the plant more vigorous and encourages the continued growth of strong stems and leaves. This will also allow the plant to grow thicker.

Topping makes the plant more vigorous and encourages the continued growth of strong stems and leaves. This will also allow the plant to grow thicker.

Enjoy the fresh basil. Once you’ve washed the basil, you can use it in a green sauce or in a tomato mozzarella salad with tomatoes and mozzarella.

Store the basil in the refrigerator. You may end up harvesting so much basil that you won’t be able to eat a single meal, plan to keep basil in the refrigerator. Wash the leaves, dry, wrap in a paper towel and store in an airtight crisper in the refrigerator.

Frozen basil. It’s not a good idea to freeze basil leaves directly. But basil can be stored in the freezer of months if pureed first. Put the basil in a blender, add a little water, make it into a puree, then put the puree of basil in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for storage, and take it out when you need it.


If basil seedlings are lanky and slender, it may be not getting enough sunlight.

Basil can also be grown directly in the ground or garden grow bags, so you don’t need to grow them first, so you can pick up fast-growing varieties, such as lemon basil. But really, all basil are fast growing and prolific, and you don’ need to plant them ahead of time.

When direct seeding in the garden, make sure the surface of the soil is moist. But there are some rules against over-watering, saying to keep the surface of the soil slightly dry. But you must pay attention to the degree of dryness. Seeds or seedlings without deep roots are very fragile and can do a lot of damage to them once the soil dries out for a few hours.

Water basil moderately, watering the flowers twice a day with lukewarm water until the basil grows.

You can also cross-culture basil with other plants. It is said that basil will enhance the flavor of tomatoes and peppers, and it also protects against worms and aphids.

When watering, do not wet the leaves. Unless you’re doing a foliar spray or foliar fertilization – the leaves can also get infested from time to time.

Don’t overlook the opportunity to grow basil. There are many unexpected varieties of basil, so choose the one that is most useful and interesting to you to grow.

When moving basil from indoors to the garden, make sure you’ve gradually adapted the basil to the outside environment, rather than suddenly moving it outdoors so that the basil can’t adapt to changed in the environment.