I’m pleased to report that basil is looking sort of respectable lately. Something I heart about growing basil is that once the little plants are up and going, you’ll have a guaranteed supply through fall so long as you pinch back the tops every now and again. So easy. Pinching prevents the plant from flowering and going to seed (which robs the leaves of their flavor and lovely aroma), and thus causes plants to grow bushier and leafier. Which means pesto now and pesto all winter if you’re diligent.

What’s your favorite use for garden basil?