Looking for Magic: Rosemary: I love rosemary, too!

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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: Angie
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BookerC1
Sep 30, 2012 2:59 PM CST
I can't seem to get it to overwinter indoors, no matter what I try. I've finally started treating it as an annual, and cutting some to freeze before it dies away. I love it on roasted chicken, and especially on new potatoes!

Great article, Sharon! I always make a special point of reading anything with YOUR name on it! Lovey dubby

Angie
Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Sep 30, 2012 3:15 PM CST
Roasted new potatoes with a little olive oil and sprigs of rosemary. Oh Yummmm!

When I tried and succeeded in overwintering it, Angie, this is what I did. I rooted it in sort of sandy potting soil, no water retainer stuff, just potting soil and a cactus mix. Then I watered it once a week for about maybe 2 or 3 weeks, but only a little water. Misted it more often. I placed it on a stool that was easy to move in my huge triple sliding glass patio doors that face the noon to setting sun west. And there it grew, but nearby is a heat vent, and I didn't place it very close to the glass, but close enough that by noon it was getting sun. I have no idea how often I watered it, maybe whenever it rained, but just a little bit of water. Misting is much more important, but not to the drippy wet point.

As cold as it gets up where you are, think about getting a plant light for yours. One plant light on it might do the job of keeping it warm and with enough sunlight. And with a window nearby, it would be even better. I usually start mine like that and overwinter the new one inside, particularly if I start this late in the fall.

It's just too good to not keep it growing.

Thanks, Angie, I always read your words too.
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Name: Avedon
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Avedon
Sep 30, 2012 5:50 PM CST
Thank you, Angie, I was totally surprised to get the message that you imported my pic of prostrate rosemary into the Plant Database--very ,very nice of you. I need to try putting some rosemary on new potatoes, that sounds really yummy!! !
Name: Angie
Mackinaw, IL (Zone 5a)
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BookerC1
Sep 30, 2012 7:54 PM CST
I went to look it up, because I wasn't familiar with that type, and there was no picture in the database! Noticed the "import this picture" link on your picture and decided to try it. Did it ask your permission or give you the opportunity to decline? Didn't know what happened on the end of the person who posted the picture!
Name: Avedon
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Avedon
Oct 1, 2012 12:25 PM CST
Angie, I don't know if I ever received a chance to say "yes" or "no" to anyone putting my photos in the database, but I can tell you it is all right with me. I don't have any problems with that.

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