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Growing Rosemary in Santa Fe

Rosemary is a popular herb used in many recipes for its distinct flavor and heavenly aroma. The herb is used mainly for its strong, resinous aroma that makes any food smell absolutely delicious.

Why Should You Grow Rosemary?

Rosemary should be a staple of every garden regardless of the size of the yard. It can grow in small containers, which makes it easy to cultivate in cold weather, as long as sunlight and soil are available. In warm weather, it makes a great aromatic addition to the garden.

It also stays relatively pest-free, so it is easier to care for and is pretty much low-maintenance. It is one of the best herbs to have in the garden if you love to cook. Fresh rosemary can make a great ingredient for a number of cuisines.

Rosemary is also a medicinal herb known to boost memory. The scent and addition of rosemary in diet can really help people with Alzheimer’s disease, according to studies. It is also a natural antioxidant as well as a great source of vitamin E.

How to Care for Rosemary?

Here are some tips on how to properly care for rosemary:

  • Make sure to water the plants throughout the growing season. Deeply water the plants deep once or twice a week.
  • Don’t over water the soil or else the roots of the plant will start to rot.
  • Trim the plant to get rid of dry or rotting foliage.
  • For the plant to continue on to the next season, save some cuttings or divide the plant. When winters arrive, take the plant indoors, but make sure it receives light.
  • Rosemary doesn’t need too much fertilizer, but add a slow releasing fertilizer in spring to give the plant a good start.

What Are Some Problems to Watch out For?

While rosemary stays relatively pest-free, it can have some small issues that are easily solved:

  • Powdery Mildew develops on rosemary if the plant is overwatered, grown in cramped spaces, or get low air circulation. This is a powdery white fungus that can weaken the plant but probably won’t kill it.
  • Mites and lice can also develop in rosemary plants. The black aphid plant lice and red spider mite attack the plant in winters. It is better to keep the plant indoors in winters and check for pests often. Spray them with insecticidal soap concentrate to destroy them.

What Are Some Common Uses of Rosemary?

The best way to cultivate rosemary is to harvest the smallest stems as they prove to be the freshest herbs. Don’t harvest more than a third of the plant so it can replace itself easily.

You can use rosemary in the kitchen with amazing recipes like the Rosemary Chicken with Spinach or Grilled Rosemary Lamb.  You can even use it in tea, if you like green or herbal teas that help boost memory.