I have not cut back my basil plants as often as they could have been. They became a little woody, but were still great for two or three handfuls of leaves for making pesto or a salad. My question is how to cut it back after it gets woody stems. A neighbor cut it all the way back while I was away. I know that it comes back (she did the same thing last year) but it seams harsh. What should I tell her? She thinks what she did was a good thing. I'm not so sure.