Monday, October 12, 2009

The Herbal Digging Has Begun!


I said to The Herbal Husband last week, "We need to dig up the rosemary that is along my rock wall in my herb garden.  It didn't grow too big.  An ideal candidate to come into the garage!"  Well, we got that rosemary and this one too!  Hopefully, they will both survive.  They are both in the house.  Rosemary does better in an unheated room or garage with windows and with a southern exposure.  One is in the basement and the other is in the bathroom!  They get powdery mildew very easily in the winter indoors.  I will be lobbying to get them both in the garage soon!

We also dug up this favorite plant, lemon verbena.  Always have to have one in the house for the winter.  That guarantees especially if you live in the northern part of the U.S., that you will have a lemon verbena in your garden at the earliest point for planting.  Sometimes that is not until Memorial Day for us.  It cannot go out until all danger of frost is gone!  Usually it loses all of its leaves when it comes inside.  Sometimes we have fresh leaves that hang on until Christmas.  We cut the plant back then if there are still leaves.  Then in February it wakes up and starts new shoots and by the time it is ready to go out into the garden, we have made at least a couple of lemon verbena bread recipes!  Here is the recipe if you missed it!

4 comments:

Tufa Girl said...

The rosemary here in Texas suffers with powdery mildew when it gets too much rain and not enough sun. Could you just water it a little less and maybe that would help it through the winter?

lemonverbenalady said...

There is a fine line between over watering and not watering enough. If you don't water it consistently, you end up with a dead rosemary. I bought a rosemary shaped into a Christmas tree several years ago. One day it was beautiful and the next it was toast! Air circulation and cooler temps are the biggest factors and water is worked into the mix! Forced air furnaces are the other problem. That's why I like the garage so much. Thanks for your comments Cindy. Hope to get to Texas some day soon!

comfrey cottages said...

i have to hunt it down, but one of the seminars had a piece entitled why does my rosemary die each winter, and i remember one of the tips was to keep it misted... i will hunt for the notes from that...:)

lemonverbenalady said...

I think I remember hearing that also. Thanks Leslie for looking!