Looking at this beautiful basil plant grown from seed this spring, I know I will want to plant & grow more next year.
When the basil plant ‘went to seed’ , I picked off the stem sections that were covered in seed and allowed them to dry (seen below…)
I also picked them and took the seed pods off before drying the stems…
Either way, the seed pods must be left to dry in order to get at the little basil seeds inside (approx 4-5 seeds/pod)…
A bit painful because it’s such a tedious job, our neighbour & garden connoisseur Rocky, told us we don’t have to get the little ones out, just allow the pods to dry & plant them.
Every time we pick the basil, it seems like it will be the last time, every time. We pick stems gone to seed every time & pick as many leaves off as we can. We dry them in the food dehydrator to speed the process up and store them in mason jars. And then we return 2 days later and do the whole process over again!
To the “Last Time”, the really last time for picking the Basil, who knows how long it will last 😉
Look forward to our post next spring regarding how the planted ‘pods’ do in comparison to this years’ planted seed – thanks for reading.