Looking for Magic: Rosemary: My favorite herb

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Looking for Magic:  Rosemary

By Sharon
September 28, 2012

Aunt Bett always said, "Look for the magic that hides in plants, look real close and you'll find it." You know, rosemary isn't just another pretty face; let's see if we can find its magic.

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Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
Sep 27, 2012 7:06 PM CST
I love this plant and a friend gifted me with one a couple of weeks ago.
One of my favorite cookie recipes calls for rosemary and is yummy.

Thanks for a wonderful article Sharon
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vic
Sep 28, 2012 3:54 AM CST
GREAT article Sharon - thank you!

I have rosemary and lavender and lemon balm growing next to each other in the garden. Last week, between hospital visits, dd asked for a sprig of rosemary. She said it calmed her down Lovey dubby I cut sprigs for all of us Thumbs up

Whenever I get a massage, they too use rosemary scented oils.

I use it in cooking as well and I'm so thankful it's such a tough plant Hurray!

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rocklady
Sep 28, 2012 8:26 AM CST
Love that rosemary Lovey dubby Wonderful article, Sharon. I, too, did not grow up knowing about this wonderful plant. There is a restaurant where we go frequently that has a small rosemary bush growing beside the walk and upon leaving, I always run my hand over some of the leaves and have a fragrant hand for seveal hours. We have rosemary growing both in FL and AR, and love to use it in cooking.
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Samigal
Sep 28, 2012 8:31 AM CST
I have never tried rosemary in cooking, but I sure do love the smell. I don't have a plant but will put that on my wish list. I may even have to put some under my pillow to ward off scary dreams. nodding
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Sharon
Sep 28, 2012 10:13 AM CST
One of my favorites too, Ladies. Thank you.
I don't know anything bad about rosemary, it's beautiful and strong and comforting. I'm glad you all enjoy it too.

Pegi, you know better than to spend your nights having bad dreams! Smiling
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JuliaNY
Sep 28, 2012 11:52 AM CST
I grow Rosemary each year as it doesn't winter over here in the garden. Very easy to grow from seed but I typically buy a small plant and by mid summer it is nice and full. Nothing like fresh herbs when cooking. Thumbs up
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Sharon
Sep 28, 2012 1:14 PM CST
Hi Julia,

Nice to hear from you. I have a process that I use for rosemary. I buy a new small plant every two years. Since it will winter well here for 3 or 4 winters, if it's in a fairly sheltered place, then I plant it in my garden in the early fall. Then the next year I really enjoy it. The second following spring I buy another small plant and in the fall plant it also in the garden. So then for a couple of years I'll have two. But without fail, the oldest one fades away and I'll be back to one. So I start all over again.

It works for me, because some years I have two and sometimes it dwindles down to one, but at least I have one growing at all times. I live in zone 7a and I realize there's a difference but I wonder if you planted it in a fairly sheltered spot - they don't need much water - would it survive a winter for you?

Of course I've never tried seeds, so that might be something I can think about doing. But old habits are hard to break.
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mcash70
Sep 28, 2012 1:31 PM CST
I have tried growing it here but it doesn't grow well and soon dies, do you think it would grow well as a house plant? Shrug!
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Sharon
Sep 28, 2012 1:42 PM CST
If you can keep it in a sunny spot and don't over water, it might be OK. It likes sun and heat and dry feet.
I've never tried overwintering it inside and I don't have experience, so I'm just not sure.

But if you do give it a try, let me know how it does. As for me, I'd take a chance on it, yes.
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mcash70
Sep 28, 2012 1:57 PM CST
I have a lovely south west facing bay window, only problem is at night it gets very cold during the winter with the draperies closed so I have to remove the plants, they wouldn't freeze but it does get very cold. I'm good at not over watering. Green Grin!
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Sharon
Sep 28, 2012 2:12 PM CST
Me too about the overwatering.

Found this from this site: http://gardening.about.com/od/vegetablepatch/a/Rosemary.htm

Where the winter temperatures dip below 30 degrees F., rosemary plants will have to spend the winter indoors. In this case, it's easier to grow your rosemary in a container all year. Since rosemary likes it on the dry side, terra cotta pots are an especially good choice. Just be sure it doesn't bake and completely dry out while outdoors during the summer.

Bring the potted rosemary inside once the temperature inches into the 30s. It can be a little trickier to keep rosemary happy inside. Your rosemary plant will still require 6-8 hours of full sun, so artificial lights may be necessary. Heat is not as crucial as sunlight.


So I think it can be done!
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mcash70
Sep 28, 2012 2:25 PM CST
Thanks Sharon, during the winter I get lots of exercise moving plants from the kitchen bay window, it gets morning sun, then to the living room bay window, it gets afternoon sun. Hilarious!
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Sharon
Sep 28, 2012 2:37 PM CST
Then it might work for you. Hope you have all those plants on wheels!!
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mcash70
Sep 28, 2012 2:58 PM CST
Nope, I do a lot of walking. Rolling my eyes.
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lourspolaire
Sep 28, 2012 3:21 PM CST
Hi, all.

I live in South Florida. I got a rosemary bush at the fruit & veggie stall just down the street, 4 years ago. It cost me $0.49. I thought it was just a pitiful little sprig and I didn't expect anything great from it. I planted it in one of the beds, by the passionflower trellis. I basically forgot about it. In my zone, it grows year-round. We don't get enough cold that the rosemary bush would worry about it.

My plants are on auto-pilot here. They get fertilizer, very little trimming and our climate takes care of the rest. Everything is very densely planted, so there are very few weeds. Left to its own devices, that plant has grown to be 6 feet high and just as wide. When the breeze is just right, a delicious resin-like aroma wafts around. It's very enjoyable.

I use rosemary stems to skewer chicken cubes that I have marinated all day with canola oil, crushed garlic, Dijon mustard, white wine, Angostura bitters and chopped fresh rosemary before I barbecue them. I serve that with Pilaf rice; arsenic worries, be gone. They should serve that in upscale restaurants: delicious.

Take care, all.
Sylvain.

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vic
Sep 28, 2012 3:47 PM CST
Margaret, I do keep my rosemary in a pot and overwinter it in my walk-in crawl space. Yours will do fine indoors Thumbs up

Sylvain, we need to all come to your house for supper. Sounds delish! Hurray!
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mcash70
Sep 28, 2012 4:00 PM CST
Thanks Vicki, that's good to know.

Sylvain, chicken sounds yummy!
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JuliaNY
Sep 28, 2012 4:02 PM CST
Unfortunately rosemary does not over winter in our climate here. I've tried a couple of times but when we hit the 20 degree mark, they are toast. I usually start my seeds indoors under lights in Jan/Feb and in May, out they go.

I'm a big fan of growing herbs and just redid a garden bed to be dedicated to growing vegetables and herbs. Nothing like going out and clipping a few sprigs. Big Grin
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Sharon
Sep 28, 2012 4:30 PM CST
Nothing like walking through your garden and grazing as you go, Julia. You are going to love your new garden.

Sylvain, Wow! What a recipe. I think I'm with Vic, leave the light on for me!
Thank you so much for sharing it.
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indygardengal
Sep 29, 2012 3:19 AM CST
Last winter our mild weather brought a pleasant surprise..My rosemary survived and lived through it...It is a beautiful shrub now but if it doesn't make it this winter I will certainly replace it come spring..
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