The tender new growth is the most aromatic and appetizing part of the herb plant. Keeping your plants pruned will not only give you the best yield, it will also improve the overall health of the plant. Regular pruning of 2-3" off of the end of the stem promotes branching, which will create a lush and bushy plant. To achieve the richest flavor, prune annuals, such as Basil, before they flower. Close growing herbs should be pruned to allow for prime air circulation. Don't over stress the plant by pruning more than 1/3 of the plant at a time and always harvest in the morning or evening.
Container planting is a great way to keep fresh herbs on hand all summer long. After purchasing, transfer small herb plants into large pots to allow for full maturity. When planting a collection, keep in mind the various soil conditions and light requirements for each herb. (See chart below for potted herb conditions.) Try using packaging peanuts instead of broken pots or stones in the soil for a lighter weight solution to drainage issues. Group assorted sized pots together in the same hue to give your herbs a chic look.
Fresh herbs make recipes irresistible. Try Mrs. Roman's recipe and let us know what you think. We would love to hear from you. Printable version below in the Download File.