Once you’ve got plants in the ground, plus a bit of sun and rain, your herbs are going to start growing. Up.
First, you should celebrate your success!
Second, now you need to give a little bit of thought to pruning back your herbs. (Don’t panic, you’re not going to undo your progress, you’re actually going to make your herbs even MORE prosperous.)
You may be asking… what the heck is pruning?!
It’s defined by Merriam-Webster as such:
prune: to cut off or cut back parts of for better shape or more fruitful growth
The point of pruning is not to haphazardly hack off pieces of your plant. The goal is to encourage your plants to grow more and in a better shape.
I recommend you learn at least the basics of pruning to encourage more growth from your herbs.
For herbs in particular, strategic pruning helps to cultivate a shorter, bushier shape (rather than just allowing your herbs to keep getting taller and taller.) If your plants keep growing taller, then you’ll need to support them, and that’s a bit of a pain.
When I was researching pruning, I felt like I only saw resources showing me how to prune basil. But, I had six other herb varieties that AREN’T basil, that also needed to be pruned.
I had to do some serious digging to understand how exactly to cut back my herbs.
I thought the most clear way to show you the proper method, was to film it. Check out the video below!
Hopefully this helps to take the guessing game out of cultivating your herb garden. Please leave a comment if you have any questions 🙂
P.S. Even if you’re not harvesting for immediate use, don’t toss the herbs you cut off while pruning. At the very least, stick them in a glass of water for looks or use in recipes throughout the week.
Or, even better dry or preserve them for use all year long. Don’t worry, my next post will be all about drying herbs – perhaps the easiest method for preserving your homegrown herb flavor.
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