How to cut herbs - for basil don't pluck leaves off, instead trim stem. Leave two sets of leaves on stem (leaves grow in pairs across from each other). Cut immediately above the second set of leaves from the ground. Plant will then grow new branches from
To freeze herbs: 1.) Wash herbs and pat dry. 2.) Spread into a single layer and place on a cookie sheet. 3.) Put the cookie sheet in the freezer. 4.) After the leaves have frozen, move the herbs into an air-tight container and keep in the freezer until you are ready to use them.
Growing Cilantro - Sunset Sow seeds thickly in a wide, shallow container; then, as soon as plants are 3 to 4 inches tall and sporting a couple of cuttable leaves, use scissors to cut off some foliage for cooking as shown. Shear from a different section of the container every time, rotating the pot as you go and never letting plants in any area mature. By the time you get back to the first section harvested, new leaves will have appeared.