The best time to pick herbs is first thing in the morning on a warm, dry day. For most kinds that flower, strongest flavoring oils develop just before blooming, and both leaves and sprigs are cut from then on, with the potency diminishing after the flowering season. Pick only the green leaves, and never overpick any one stem or plant. Pinch back longer stems to promote fuller growth; if future seeds are not needed, clip off flower stems well before blooming.
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