If you fail to pinch the plant back, it will grow tall and spindly with few, if any, branches. Not only does this mean you’ll have a measly harvest, but your basil won’t taste as delicious either. Basil begins to lose its signature scent as it ages, because the oil content in the leaves diminishes over time. Regular harvesting signals the plant to continue to put out newer—and tastier—leaves. It also prevents the plant from flowering, which is good because after basil flowers it stops producing new leaves and the leaves that do remain are not as appetizing (though they are still entirely edible, just not as amazingly delicious).
January is prime time for reinventing ourselves. New year, new me: sounds simple, right? This year, I resolved to eat cleaner—and less, exercise more, kick caffeine, read more books (OK, read more e-books), and floss every day. Piece of cake, right? Yet by mid-month (just about now) my willpower starts to flicker and I fear my New Year's resolutions are about to get kicked to curb like a dried out Christmas tree. Circa Valentine’s, I might be right back to inhaling Hershey Kisses to make it through an afternoon slump. Couldn't we all use a little help making our resolutions stick?
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When summer has finally arrived, that means it’s time to replenish your skin-care supplies. Whether you’re swimming, sailing, gardening or barbecuing, bugs bite, UV rays burn and hot winds dehydrate. The result: Your face and body likely need more pampering and protecting now than they do in the dead of winter. We asked skin and beauty experts not only for tips on solving common summer problems but which skin-soothing, animal-friendly products they’d recommend. Their answers, coming up.