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Gardening

How to properly pick mint, basil, etc?

nickblesch | May 3, 201011:55 PM     13

Hi all,

I am a relative novice at gardening. Although I used to sell tons of bedding plants and my mom and I kept an eclectic range of things in a "garden" when I was a kid, I've only recently started growing herbs - mostly because it's so much cheaper than buying them. :D

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had any tips on what parts of plants (particularly mint and basil) to pick when I'm gathering stuff for dinner. I noticed last year that if I picked the larger, fuller mint/basil leaves from the bottom, then the stalks seemed to get woodier and thicker, and the plants continued to grow - but I'd think that the height that they eventually attained actually hurt them and kept them from growing as much as they could have. My concern is that if I pluck the top parts off (with all the fresh small leaves), then I'll somehow stunt their growth?

Thanks in advance!

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