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Pruning = Harvest

The best way for a home gardener to get the best out of their leafy greens is the ‘cut and come again’ method.
This method is practiced by cutting a few of the outer leaves of each plant while leaving around 2/3 of the plant. This allows the plant to force new leaves to grow and not resort to flowering very soon. If you leave your plant for a long time without pruning (cutting) it will slow its growth down and begin to flower.

Weekly harvest

Weekly harvest

In a large enough garden, you can gather all of the pruning which will give you back more leaves in a matter of days, and turn it into a harvest. This is how I always harvest my leafy greens to get them to live longer and produce faster.

Cut and come again method

Cut and come again method for Pak Choi

Cut and come again method

Cut and come again method for Mustard
Cut and come again for Arugula

Cut and come again for Arugula

 

Just cut a few of the outer leaves, leaving the plant still strong enough to create more leaves. Never strip away your plant.

Weekly harvest

Weekly harvest

 

Pruning peppers

To get pepper seedlings growing strong and healthy before making their move outside, prune them back for bushier and lower plants that branch out and give much more fruit.

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Cut them back, right under the first fork, and side shoots will grow. Below is the same plant a few weeks later..

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With all plants, go for low, bushy plants instead of tall single stemmed. This is especially applicable for basil plants, the more pruning you do, the more basil you get.

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