Rosemary herb has a long, and somewhat interesting history. Throughout time, it has been cultivated widely, and an old belief is that if the rosemary is growing well in the home garden, the woman of the house rules.
Rosemary was brought to America by the early colonists and was highly prized in the first settlements because the plants had to be carefully stored inside during the cold New England winters.
Today, rosemary is mostly used as a kitchen herb. It is outstanding with lamb or chicken, great with a baked potato, and makes a refreshing summertime drink.
Rosemary is a *perennial evergreen shrub with needle-like leaves. Rosemary herb grows best in well-drained, sunny locations in lime-rich soil. (*a perennial is a plant that lives more than two years) The plant has light colored, scaly bark and the leaves give an overall grayish-green appearance to the plant. It grows outdoors and under favorable conditions, it can grow to 6 feet high by 4-5 feet wide, and it is best brought inside in early December in cooler climates. Rosemary can be grown indoors but it is not an easy plant to pot, because the roots are susceptible to root rot with too much watering and if it has too little watering it will dry out quickly and die.
Rosemary herb has quite a few diverse uses. Rosemary is one of those wonderful herbs that make a beautiful Christmas ornamental decorative plant in your home. Rosemary can also be used as a welcome herb in cooking, potporourri or to help repel moths. Rosemary is usually associated with the cooking of the Mediterranean area. However, you do not need perfect sunshine, sea mist or even a never-ending summer to successfully grow rosemary. In fact, more rosemary plants suffer from too much attention than from too little. Oil from rosemary leaves can be used in medicine or as a garnish or for flavoring of meats and dressings. Simply snip off pieces, as you need them.
Rosemary herb makes a great smelling table centerpiece or windowsill plant with proper care. Rosemary also makes a good companion plant for other herbs and vegetables. When used as a seasoning, rosemary is both strong and subtle. It goes well with just about meat or fish, especially when roasted.
Including rosemary herb, consider other herbal favorites in a hanging basket, as long as it gets plenty of water and sun. A hanging basket can supply basil, chives, parsley, and thyme. Herbs can be planted anywhere in your yard or garden that gives you pleasure or takes advantage of your garden’s other strange plants or herbs, or vegetables.
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