Basil question... Basil flowered -- now what?
In a nutshell... I unfortunately allowed my basil to flower, and I'm wondering if I can just cut my basil back all the way, or if I need to remove the plant and start over?
The full story....
This is my very first year with a proper raised bed garden, and I've really been enjoying snipping off basil here and there to through into my salads. A couple days ago, I noticed that the basil looked like it was ready to bud soon, so I ran out and bought some parmesan cheese to make delicious homemade pesto.
To my dismay, when I started cutting back my basil, I found several actual flowers. I tasted the leaves and it's really bitter -- I waited too long :(
So my question is -- Can I just snip the basil down to the base and wait for it to regrow, or do I need to rip the entire plant out of the bed and start anew?