Posted on 01 April 2013 by urbangardencasual.com
Photo Credit: Rosemary by Anja Josson used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
The myth of rosemary is one of those very unique ones.
This story twists and winds around what it means to be human.
The story begins in an Italian village where a queen could not get pregnant.
She carried her despair to the garden where she cried over a very prolific rosemary plant. Later on, the queen learned she was expecting and soon gave birth to a beautiful rosemary plant.
Being a dutiful mother, she watered and feed (fertilized) her baby (rosemary plant). Then one day, she went to the garden to find her baby gone.
The King of Spain, who was her nephew, had played a joke on her and removed her baby from the royal gardens. To add to the joke, he watered the queen’s baby goat’s milk.
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Posted on 08 April 2010 by urbangardencasual.com
By Sonya Welter
As a born and bred Midwesterner, for most of my life I assumed that rosemary–and, for that matter, every other herb–was a small, compact plant that grew in pots on people’s patios.
So when I went to Spain in college, I was stunned to discover that in its native habitat, rosemary is actually a bushy, aromatic, evergreen hedge that can reach up to six feet tall.
The hotel where I stayed in Toledo was on the edge of town and bordered some open scrub land; the rosemary there may have been intentional landscaping or may have sprouted up on its own, but either way it was a revelation.
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Posted on 25 July 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By Cindy Naas
Rosemary is a perfect choice for city gardeners who have some room on a porch or balcony, since it is one of the herbs which really should be grown in a planter.
Rosemary is too tender to be left outside in the winter in most of the U.S.
It also makes a beautiful indoor plant in the winter, filling your home with the spicy-fresh scent of rosemary.
Growing – Rosemary needs a fertile yet well-drained soil. I use an extra handful of manure added to my container potting soil mix, and I line the bottom of the pot with small rocks. Water fairly often, letting the soil become nearly but not quite dry between watering.
This plant will not thrive in constantly damp soil. Grow in full sun. In regions with late summers/early falls, place small stones on top of the planter soil to retain heat into the evening.
This will allow the essential oils to become more concentrated, at least according to my elderly Italian neighbor who grows perhaps the finest vegetable garden I have ever seen.
Harvesting – Rosemary is used in fairly small quantities. Using scissors, snip off ends of branches. Peel off the needles or snip the needles directly into your recipe. Rosemary doesn’t keep as well as some herbs, I always pick it just before I need it.
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