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How To Grow Rosemary

Growing Rosemary In Your Backyard or Garden

A rosemary plant in a potEven if you don't have a green thumb, you can grow herbs; it's easy and fun. Herb gardens can be as small as a little pot on your deck or as large as a dedicated herb garden in your yard. Some of the most common plants found in herb gardens are chives, basil, dill, parsley, thyme and rosemary. 

Rosemary is a popular plant to grow. Most herbs are annuals and need to be planted every year, but rosemary is an evergreen perennial. This plant has a wonderful aroma and distinct flavor. It is often used in cooking with meats such as lamb, beef and chicken. Fresh rosemary is delicious sprinkled on grilled vegetables or potatoes.

When planting your herbs, there are some easy gardening tips to follow to ensure the success of your rosemary plant. Rosemary is a hardy plant and it will do well in most types of soil, but in order to thrive it will need lots of sun, good drainage and good air circulation. Choose a sunny spot near your kitchen door as you will want to be able to quickly snip fresh herbs to cook with throughout the summer.

Caring For Your Rosemary Plant

Start with a small nursery grown rosemary plant from your local Southern States. When planting rosemary in your garden don’t forget these important gardening tips:

  • Look for a spot that will get 6 to 8 hours of sunlight every day
  • Water regularly to keep the soil moist until the plant becomes established
  • Be sure not to over-water your rosemary plant; too much moisture will damage it

Give your rosemary some space when planting it in your garden as this perennial plant can get quite large. If you want your rosemary plant big and bushy, pinch off some of the leaf buds as they appear in order to encourage leaf growth. When gardening, maintain your plant by periodically removing any damaged stems.

Check out our related herb articles, get helpful tips for your herb garden and learn how to build an herb garden from an old cart wheel.

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