Or, why is there a big pile of basil on my counter? They looked so modest when first planted back in May – one stem, a few leaves…who knew that they would turn into 5′ multi-stemmed plants? Well yes I knew, but between one growing season and another that lesson was un-learned.

And another lesson un-learned is that basil leaves needs to be picked regularly. When the plants started to outgrow consumption, it needed to be whacked back. Cutting off half – or more – of the stems is about right. Otherwise the basil starts to go to seed and the plant’s energy turns from leaf production to seed production.

And if you forget both of these lessons, you’ll end up with a  big pile delightful overabundance of basil on your counter. Next up, what in the world will I do with this big pile?