Rosemary won’t bug me anymore

rosemary1My 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.

rosemary2I 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.

rosemary3I 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!
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 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.
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12 thoughts on “Rosemary won’t bug me anymore

  1. I’ve never cooked with it, and I don’t believe that I’ve ever tasted it in a recipe. But my friend swears by it – and grows it in her yard. And my niece loves to use it in chicken recipes. Good luck! Very creative making your own little netting cover for it!

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  2. I love the taste of rosemary and use it often in my cooking. I have it growing in my herb garden outside with basil, parsley and mint, and have never ever had a problem with bugs. I use rosemary often in my cooking, it goes particularly well with lamb. My favourite is a lamb casserole and have included the link to the recipe; I guarantee you will make it again and again, it’s so easy. Let me know how you go with it and what you think of the taste.
    http://www.bestrecipes.com.au/recipe/lamb-casserole-with-rosemary-and-lemon-L16644.html

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    • Thanks Barb
      Your herb garden sounds lovely. Having the herbs fresh and on hand is wonderful. Thanks for the link to that recipe. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten lamb before. It sounds delicious, Unfortunately, I don’t think any of the stores in our area carry lamb. I’ll keep checking in the meat departments, it’s possible they get some in,
      Thanks again, 🙂

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  3. I love to use rosemary when I cook! It goes really well with chicken (as you’ve already heard) and potatoes, so one of my favourite things to add it to is a potato and lentil soup, which I serve with finely-chopped pan-fried chicken mixed in. I also sprinkle dried rosemary and salt over fries or potato wedges – yum!

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    • Hi Patti
      I haven’t heard of ‘Focaccia bread’ I looked it up and it looks mighty tasty. I may have to try and make some sometime.
      The main reason I grow my herbs in pots on the porch is because once upon a time a chef told me that growing herbs in a flower bed may be pretty and handy, but pets and critters enjoy using them and even lifting a leg to them. 😉

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