There's a basket in the office kitchen where people put excess produce
to share. This morning I mailed to everyone
--> Please help yourselves to the pile of fresh rosemary in the--> kitchen. (I pruned my shrub last night.)
and got back
--> we don't want to know what you get up to in your personal time--> Adam ;-)
so I replied
--> It's interesting how some people's minds work. (At least I--> changed "bush" to "shrub" before I sent it.)
I planted a lot of rosemary seeds over a few seasons and got nothing.
Then I read somewhere that trying to do this is generally a waste of
So I bought a small potted plant and grew it into a big plant in the
ground. Once it gets going, you'll never run short of rosemary
(unless you're feeding a small, well-seasoned army).
I planted rosemary from a tiny 1-inch pot about 30 years ago. The bush
it taller than I am. The trunk is about 3-inches across. This was (of
course) an upright variety, not trailing.
Just be sure that your climate is suitable for rosemary. It does not do
well with snow, and too many messages in this newsgroup discuss how
rosemary fails to survive the winter as a house plant. I did see a nice
rosemary bush in a climate-controlled greenhouse in Toronto, Canada.
Strip the leaves from a 1-foot branch of rosemary. Tear up two fresh
bay leaves. Add a fresh sage leaf and a sprig of thyme. Put them all
into a blender or a mini-processor. Add enough olive oil so that, when
blended, you get a thin paste. Rub the paste over a small boneless pork
roast. Cook. Yum!
Strip the leaves from a 1-foot branch of rosemary. Put into a blender
with a quarter-cup of olive oil and a quarter-cup of lemon juice. Add
3-5 cloves of garlic. (I find that the garlic blends better if it is
finely diced.) Blend. This is a great marinade for cutup chicken or
pieces of lamb (the latter for shishkabob).
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
I've been growing it outdoors in England, although when the plant was
smaller and in a pot I put it in the (unheated) greenhouse every
winter. I think once it gets big enough, rosemary becomes quite hardy
and can be planted out.
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