When growing rosemary, your climate will dictate whether to plant it in the ground or in a container. Rosemary is a perennial, and it will grow for several years. In warm climates with mild winter seasons, rosemary can be planted in the ground. It will thrive for several years and become quite large. In cooler climates with freezing winter temperatures, rosemary is better grown in a container that can be brought inside during the cold winter months.
Rosemary is easy to plant, simple to take of and even easier to harvest. It can be used in a wide variety of recipes to season meat, poultry, fish and vegetables.
Rosemary does best when grown in full sun, although plants will tolerate partial shade. It takes a year or so to really take off. During the first year of growth, few sprigs are available for harvest.
Mature rosemary plants resemble an evergreen shrub with short, edible needles. In warmer climates, rosemary plants can be used to create a hedge row. They can reach 4-5 feet tall and can even be trained and trimmed into topiary shapes.
When cultivating rosemary, it's best to keep mature plants trimmed so that the sprigs and stems don't get too woody. Rosemary plants are also very tolerant of salt spray, making them ideally suited for growing near the ocean.
After harvest, rosemary stems can be used fresh or are easily dried for later use.
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