10 Reasons to Grow Rosemary

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I wanted to share my 10 Reasons to Grow Rosemary.  See why I included it in my spring garden this year.

 10 Reasons to Grow Rosemary.
  1. It's a Natural Air Freshener:

    Just walking by the Rosemary you can sometimes pick up its scent.  After you harvest it, make your own natural potpourri by combining several sprigs of fresh rosemary, a slice of lemon and orange in a small saucepan. Fill with water 2/3 full and simmer  as low as possible on the stove.  The aroma will fill the house, and you won't have to worry about artificial ingredients.

  2. Rosemary has many nutritional benefits:

    Although you have to be careful using any herb for health reasons, there is a long list of traditional uses for Rosemary.  It's great for hair care! You can find several at this article here.

  3. Great seasoning for poultry and pork!
    rosemary dump chicken recipe

    I have several recipes using rosemary, and of course fresh herbs are so much better than dried herbs from the pantry.  See the list of Rosemary recipes here:Garlic Rosemary Parmesan Pretzels
    Crock Pot Rosemary And Thyme Pot Roast
    Rosemary Dump Chicken
    Rosemary Lemon Pork Chops Recipe {Keto Friendly/Low Carb}
    Slow Cooker Rosemary Roasted Chicken with Potatoes

  4. Repels Mosquitos:

    We can have so many mosquitoes in our garden during the summer, and the trick is to plant things that they do NOT like to be around. Rosemary is one herb that will keep them away.

  5. Herbal Tea:

    Rosemary is a popular herb to add to tea when your stomach isn't feeling its best.  Steep and strain a few leaves with your tea leaves.

  6. Can be moved indoors to grow all year:

    Although Rosemary is a sun-loving plant, if you have a large window where it can get full sun inside, you may not have to say goodbye to it in the fall! Move a plant into a pot and keep through the winter.

  7. Can be harvested every few days:

    Taking 2-3″ off a sprig will actually help the plant become more bushy.  You do not want to harvest right before winter, as the plant will not have time to recuperate properly before the cold weather takes its toll.

  8. It's Hardy!

    Rosemary isn't prone to insect problems or many diseases. You do want to keep it in a well circulated area in the garden, and make sure the soil is well drained. It does not need to be watered if the soil is moist. It's prone to root-rot in overly moist soil, so keep that in mind.  Otherwise, don't worry about fertilizing or giving it plant foods and additives. Just let it grow!

  9. Dry and Preserve Easily:

    To preserve stems, just tie and hang upside down with twine.  You can cover the stem with a brown paper bag with holes in it to catch leaves that may fall off.  Hang in a well ventilated area for 1-2 weeks, and then crush with your fingers to crumple.  If it crumples easily it's done drying. Do not store rosemary which has not been properly dried, since it can mold. Dehydrating with a food dehydrator is a bit safer of a method, and you can dry your rosemary in just 4-6 hours per directions on your dehydrator.  I recommend purchasing a dehydrator if you're going to be drying a lot of herbs.

10. Great Beginner Herb:

You can find small Rosemary plants easily at Lowe's or The Home Depot.  Start with a small plant, since from seeds it's time consuming and difficult to nurture.  If you have a starter plant, just keep the soil healthy and your Rosemary in the sun, and go for it! You can grow this herb in small places or even a well draining pot, so it's great for beginners.

10 Reasons to Grow Rosemary

Also you might want to also check with your local farmers to find locally grown Rosemary. I was able to score my plants for $1-$2 each plus they were non GMO and Organic

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