beast-mode rosemary on Flickr.
It took some time before I understood that rosemary can grow this large in Seattle because of the mild winters here. After I had plants die in successive years in Chicago, I looked up its cold tolerance and said, “Oh.” I had assumed that since it’s a woody mint, it would tolerate freezing temperatures like sage and lavender.
I’d always read to take rosemary inside under 20°F but still had trouble keeping them alive overwinter because of Missoula’s lack of sun. Blew my mind the first time I saw a bush growing like this in New Orleans.
Here in Southern California, rosemary is often used as a hedgerow plant. It grows big and fast in the right conditions.
Spearmint and apple mint…time to start harvesting for winter tea~
Hey! I’ve seen those pots (I think they’re called strawberry pots) used a lot for herbs. Generally, the taller plants will be at the top and smaller plants should be planted in the side holes. For examples, you can plant lemon balm or chives in the top hole and grow mint or oregano in the smaller holes. Whatever herbs you choose, be sure to use organically rich soil and to keep the soil moist.
I’m assuming you mean German Chamomile (Matricaria retucita) that is often used for making tea. If you want to grow them from seed, it’s best to start them indoors during the last weeks of winter and transplant them when they are big enough. However, you can also sow them straight into the garden or an outside container, but in this case it’s best to do that in autumn. Be careful not to cover the seeds with soil because they need light to germinate, which they should do fairly quick. Once they start to grow, they are quite easy to care for. The soil should be well-draining but does not have to be organically rich and they are not particular about pH. They are also drought-tolerant so don’t require much watering, unless you live in a very hot and dry climate. Flowers will usually start to appear a month after planting but they can flower all through the summer. Keep in mind that the plant will self-seed and can be invasive. You may want this in your garden but otherwise just make sure you harvest the flowers in time :).
Hope that helped!
La aeonia es una planta que adquiere su color morado cuando recibe la luz del sol.
Sin sus rayos la planta se vuelve de un rutinario color verde que le resta importancia. Me encanta la aeonia, es sofisticada, frágil y de una belleza atrevida y diferente. Al observarla puedes admirar su extravagancia o mirar hacia otras flores de colores más armónicos. Pero ella se exhibe en su esplendor sabedora de poseer una ruidosa discreción.
I have a bag of organic potting soil with a stupid white fly/fruit fly infestation. Farmer Brian Coworker came to the rescue — just bake it at 200F for like 10 minutes. It really is a dirt cake. #garden #urbangardening