How to encourage basil growth?
Last week I bought a small basil plant from the nursery and planted it in a self watering pot.
The plant looks great; I believe I have it getting the right amount of sun, and the self watering pot is keeping it hydrated, but not overwatered. I can't say for sure whether it has put out new leaves or not; I bought quite a few plants and can't remember exactly what they all started out looking like. I do think it has put on new leaves, but am not sure.
My question is, what is the proper way to encourage growth in the plant. I love pesto, but right now to make one batch I'd have to use the entire plant. So, should I harvest leaves/stems here and there anyway to promote growth (sort of like pruning), or should I just let it go? Also, I'm assuming when it gets to the point of flowering I should pinch those off, or should I let it go to get more seeds/plants?
I'm sure these are all basic questions...but I'm a newbie. :)