Fresh basil growing in the kitchen is such a simple luxury! I love grabbing a handful to add a pop of flavor to whatever is on the stove.
After a season of giving its flavorful leaves for bruschetta and sauces, a basil plant thins out and prepares itself to make seeds. This would normally signal the end of the basil's viability - and the perfect time to take cuttings.
Growing cuttings from your basil plant starts a new plant and extends the season for delicious fresh basil in the kitchen.
To make a cutting, simply:
1) Trim the top of a basil stem - about 3 or 4 inches long.
2) Remove the bottom rows of leaves (these can be dried), leaving just the top crown of leaves.
3) Place cuttings in a jar of water on a window sill. Replace water every week or so, before it becomes cloudy.
After a few weeks, you'll have beautiful new basil plants growing!