My husband and I have been busy shopping for garden plants. We decided to keep it fairly simple this year. A few tomato plants and
too many marigolds, too many petunias and some hostas.
We saw a lot of potted herbs. My husband’s suggested I buy some basil since I grow it every year in pots on our back porch. It has a nice aroma when the wind blows or I trim it to cook with it.
I told him no, that I prefer to grow my own since I already bought 3 different varieties of basil seeds: sweet, cinnamon and lemon. I’ve never heard of lemon or cinnamon basil until this year. I’m looking forward to tasting them.
We saw pots of rosemary at a few different places setting outside in the open air. My husband asked me if I knew anything about rosemary? I told him that I’d heard of rosemary chicken recipes but that’s the extent of my knowledge. He said that we should buy some rosemary and try it.
I agreed, but I chose to buy a potted rosemary plant in the produce department of our local grocery store so I wouldn’t have to worry about hidden bugs that might get loose in my kitchen. The directions on it’s packaging said to set the potted rosemary in a sunny window. My kitchen doesn’t have a very sunny window, so I decided to it needs to spend days on the back porch. The pot it was in was quite small so I re-potted it in a little blue pot that my son gave me many years ago.
I wanted to set the rosemary outside, but once again I ran into the same bug
phobia issue as the nursery open air potted ones. Unlike basil which has large leaves that you can see bugs, Rosemary has small tines brush type leaves/stems and it’d be easy for bugs to hide in it. I decided to make a cover for the rosemary out of netting. I took some netting and folded it in half and hand-stitched the sides together making it into a bag. I carefully slipped in over the plant and pot. Now It can sit in on the porch to get sun and be protected from most bugs.
I’m going to wait until the rosemary grows some before I use it. I’ve ran a search to see what rosemary taste like, Most sites say it taste like pine. It doesn’t sound appetizing, but it might be quite good. After we try it, if we don’t like it, I won’t cook with it anymore. I’ll plant it outside by-the-gate and let it grow.
Have you ever tried the herb rosemary?
Do you have a favorite recipe using the herb rosemary?
Here’s wishing you all a lovely week!
I added 4 shish-kabob sticks to my rosemary pot because it needs a bit of protection from the netting rubbing up against it when the wind blows.