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Tips for Growing Rosemary

I love using rosemary in many different ways, such as recipes, homemade beauty products, & potpourri.

Rosemary Is an Easy-to-Grow Perennial

If you are looking for an easy herb to start your herb garden, in my humble opinion, you can never go wrong with rosemary. Rosemary is one of my all-time favorite herbs because it is so easy to care for as well as use. I have grown this herb for many years with great success. If you are a beginner, this is the perfect herb to start your herb garden with.

Herbs are my favorite thing to grow because they are so rewarding. From using rosemary for a recipe to using it for beauty products for myself or gifts for friends and loved ones, the possibilities from just this one plant are endless. If you give rosemary a little love, it gives it back tenfold.

Summer harvest of rosemary, sage and lavender.

Summer harvest of rosemary, sage and lavender.

Rosemary Herb Growing Tips

  1. Choose a good spot to plant your rosemary. A great tip for a good spot to plant is a spot that has some coverage from the wind as well as protection from the cold during the cold winter months. As long as you live in zones 6–10, you can grow your rosemary outdoors year-round. Rosemary is a perennial & will come back for a few years if it is well cared for. Other colder zones may have to move plants indoors to get them to overwinter.
  2. Rosemary likes certain soil types. Well-drained soil, a PH of between 6 and 7 is preferable for growing rosemary.
  3. Be patient and you will see results. My new rosemary plants do not grow as much in the first year as I would like but by the second year, they grow a lot more & I am very impressed with my second year growth as compared to my first year's growth. Don't be too disappointed with your rosemary plants the first year. Be patient & hang in there. They do grow more in the second year.
  4. Add a slow-release fertilizer when you plant and once again in the spring to help your plants to thrive.
  5. Rosemary is pretty hardy although whiteflies, snails, spider mites, and mealybugs can be pests to your plants—so can powdery mildew and root rot in more humid areas. To prevent mildew and rot, be sure your plants have good drainage and good air circulation. There are some really great all-natural pest controls you can use if you experience any of the pests named above. I myself find that my Rosemary is one of the hardiest herb plants in my herb garden.
  6. Rosemary can be harvested & used at any time. I have harvested rosemary in January. I know it seems crazy to have fresh rosemary in the middle of winter but none the less I have used it fresh for dinner. This is one of the main reasons I love growing fresh rosemary in my herb garden.
  7. Mulch can help retain moister. I like to mulch in the spring when everything begins to grow back.
Rosemary can be air-dried or oven-dried—rosemary oven drying prep pictured above.

Rosemary can be air-dried or oven-dried—rosemary oven drying prep pictured above.

Fresh cut rosemary in January.

Fresh cut rosemary in January.

Methods of Preserving Rosemary

Oven Drying RosemaryBagged Air Drying RosemaryHanging Air Drying RosemaryFreezing Rosemary

Rinse rosemary thoroughly

Rinse rosemary thoroughly

Rinse rosemary thoroughly

Rinse rosemary thoroughly

Allow rosemary to drain and air dry

Allow rosemary to drain and air dry

Allow rosemary to drain and air dry

Allow rosemary to drain and air dry

Cut rosemary into smaller stem pieces then place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet without over lapping turn on oven to the lowest setting until it preheats place herbs in oven turn oven off then check after 1 hour repeat until completely dried

Place rosemary into brown paper bag, roll top down, place in cool dry area Once dried transfer to preferred container for use

Hang rosemary sprigs tied together & hung in small bunches at any length in a warm dry area with low humidity & good air flow Once dried transfer to preferred container for use

Remove rosemary from the stalks, use in olive oil or butter mix well & place in a small container, plastic bags or an herb tray. Line an ice cube tray with pieces of plastic wrap, place in freezer until frozen then transfer to plastic bags or preferred container for use

Air drying rosemary on a towel.

Air drying rosemary on a towel.

Rosemary Potatoes Ingredients

  • 8–10 Small Red Potatoes, Sliced
  • 2 TBSP Fresh Rosemary, Coarsely Chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil

Roasted Rosemary Potatoes Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut potatoes into small slices add all ingredients into a bowl to toss potatoes in then place on a cookie sheet.
  3. Bake 30-45 minutes until desired crispiness.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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