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Fall has arrived finally !

Well it’s the beginning of November and it was almost 80 degrees here in the Northeast.
I was really enjoying that, but all must come to and end at some point. We are now in the low 60’s and down to 40 in the night…..wow what a difference. That means I got to get out there and harvest my Herbs before the Frost comes .

There is still plenty of Rosemary and Mint, also a little more Lavender I can cut back to have for the Winter months. We have to keep busy making Salve, Soap, and Bath bombs, don’t forget the Bath Salts too to get rid of all that dead winter dry skin.

Lip balm will be great to make also as the dry lips start with the cold temperatures coming.  We need all the moisturizer we can get, right ladies .

What kind of herbs do you have growing in your garden?  What are your favorite ones to grow?  One of my favorite herbs is Rosemary.

Rosemary plant care is easy. When growing rosemary plants, provide them with well-drained, sandy soil and at least six to eight hours of sunlight. These plants thrive in warm, humid environments and cannot take extremely cold temperatures. Since rosemary cannot withstand winters below 30 F. (-1C.), it’s often better when growing rosemary plants to put them in containers, which can be placed in ground and easily moved indoors during winter.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a fragrant evergreen herb native to the Mediterranean. It is used as a culinary condiment, to make bodily perfumes, and for its potential health benefits.

It is typically prepared as a dried whole herb or a dried powdered extract, while teas and liquid extracts are made from fresh or dried leaves.

The herb has been hailed since ancient times for its medicinal properties. Rosemary was traditionally used to help reduce muscle pain, improve memory, boost the immune and circulatory system, and promote hair growth.

It’s anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits are well-known when using as a salve .

I found a list of varieties of rosemary from an Organic grower that will give you all you need to know for each one.

I enjoy all the help from our fellow herbal friends to give us great products that will grow in to awesome plants.

Mountain Valley Growers is an Organic herb farm that grows all their plants All natural and Organically.

You want to have the best in your herbs from the seed to the plant, so Grow Organic if at all possible will give

you the most benefits from your plants.  Here a few that you could take a look at.

Varieties of Rosemary Plants and Their Uses

There are so many kinds of Rosemary available now that choosing one might seem confusing. But, in fact many of the named varieties are very similar to each other. 

Upright Rosemary

Doesn’t  have to be pruned at all.  It flows outward forming a perfect circle that can measure between six and eight feet (or more over time) in diameter and two feet or more in height. This produces a very pleasing natural look, requires no maintenance at all and makes the perfect companion for the native landscape. Low water requirements mean low weed germination during the dry months. And as this Rosemary grows to cover the ground it smothers all weeds under it. Eight feet of weed cover from one Rosemary plant is a lot of value for your dollar. Sprawling branches and a tough, extensive root system are also ideal for hillside retention. Mass planting can fill a large expanse with rich colors. While all Rosemary varieties can be used for cooking, this Rosemary is particularly nice because of its large leaves and all the black gold they contain.

 Creeping Rosemary

Is a tall ground cover that can cover eight or ten feet in diameter in a very short period of time. It can also trail down eight or ten feet. It makes a most beautiful planter box for a second story balcony. It falls all the way to the ground and is covered with pale blue flowers. Or, planted on a hot southern facing wall this man-made waterfall is a welcome relief from the heat. Creeping Rosemary, also known as Santa Barbara Trailing Rosemary, gets a little taller each year as it grows over older branches.

Pine Scented Rosemary

Has finely textured leaves that are easily chopped up. This plus an excellent flavor make this Rosemary the variety many chefs prefer. Pine Scented Rosemary is a different species than our other Rosemary plants and it shows.  Other Rosemary varieties have such coarse leaves that using them fresh can be a problem. Even chopped fine they are very tough, but this Rosemary’s leaves are soft, like cilantro or parsley which make it more suitable for fresh use. A very pretty plant in the landscape, Pine Scented Rosemary is a soft sea green that grows to about three to four feet high by about four or more feet wide.

Arp Rosemary

Is one of the Rosemary varieties to choose if you live where winter temperatures are often in the teens or less. Discovered on a cold snowy day by veteran herb pioneer Madeline Hill in the Texas town of Arp, this Rosemary has survived several winters in the Case Western University Botanic Garden in Cleveland, Ohio, where they must take their other kinds of Rosemary in for the winter.

Madalene Hill Rosemary

Is also a cold hardy Rosemary. Both of these are rated to survive minus 15 degrees. And, both are erect, growing to about three feet. Their flowers are a light blue.

 

Pink Rosemary

 Has the thinnest leaves of all our Rosmarinus officinalis plants. Gracefully curved branches are punctuated by short spires that rise randomly like exclamation marks. Even though the flower color is pale, there are so many flowers that they combine and provide a respectable cloud of pink, especially when viewed at a distance. Growing quickly to two feet this Pink Rosemary can be enjoyed in its natural whirlwind state or pruned into a hedge. Pink Rosemary’s small narrow leaves are flavorful but because they are small it is the best choice if you want to do a lot of cooking.

White Rosemary 

Is visually different This is a beautiful very erect Rosemary plant with fat succulent leaves and white flowers that have just a spot of blue in

Golden Rain Rosemary

 Has weeping foliage that can brighten a semi shady spot or offer an interesting specimen in a gold garden. Located among too many green plants it can look in need of fertilizer. The golden hue turns darker green over summer and returns with cooler weather.

Blue Boy Rosemary

 Is the smallest of all the Rosemary varieties. Small leaves and little light blue pearls for flowers makes Blue Boy Rosemary a good choice for a container or near the front of the garden. Blue Boy Rosemary grows very slowly but it will eventually reach two feet wide and two feet high. It can be used for cooking but because the needles are so small it will take several stems to equal one large stem of a regularly sized Rosemary.

Spice Islands Rosemary

Has thick juicy looking leaves and very upright growth with a nice dark blue flower. It is perfect to use as a barbecue skewer. Spice Islands Rosemary has become one of our favorites in the garden and in the kitchen.

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Here are some tips for wintering rosemary plants:

Plant rosemary in a sunny, sheltered place where the plant is protected from harsh winter winds. A warm spot near your house is your best bet. Prune the plant to about 3 inches after the first frost, then bury the plant entirely with soil or compost. Pile 4 to 6 inches of mulch such as pine needles, straw, finely chopped mulch or chopped leaves over the plant. (Be sure to remove about half of the mulch in spring.) Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that your rosemary plant will survive a cold winter, even with protection.  If they are in

containers, I just bring mine inside to a warmer place where they can’t freeze

and just keep them moist so they don’t dry out totally.  Be sure to prune them

back so they can go dormant for the winter so you will have a great starting plants come spring.

If you don’t have time to cut and dry out your herbs, you can get Organic Rosemary already to use, I sometimes
have to do that myself, but you want to look for the best made possible. You can look at Starwest botanicals for
some great herbs and spices. You can Click here to check it out.

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