Growing the herbs you normally use for cooking in your backyard is one way to save some money while still ensuring that the food you cook tastes great. If you are looking for an herbaceous plant that is easy to plant and grow, then look no further because rosemary is here to help you out.
The plant itself is included in the mint genus and is typically a shrub that provides flowers that give off a soothing and flavorful aroma. Provided that you live in a hot to temperate region, you can grow rosemary outdoors in your garden. If where you live is cold most of the time and still want to grow rosemary, then you can by simply doing it indoors.
Whatever is the case, here are some of the things that you should keep in mind when planting and growing rosemary from seeds.
- Germination. Assuming that you have the seeds in hand, you should know that you would need to prepare the seeds for planting in order to encourage proper germination. The process is simple and only requires you to soak the seeds in water for about 2 to 3 hours. Make sure to soak a lot of seeds since you will definitely want to plant multiple seeds in a particular spot. This is due to the fact that not all the seeds will sprout up. So, if you were planning to grow a single plant, then it would be wise to work with 3 to 4 seeds.
- Soil preparation. Since you are starting from seed, you will need to grow the seeds into seedlings by way of a planter. Prepare one that has optimal drainage underneath. Pour in a thin layer of gravel at the bottom of the planter. This will help drain the planter of water while keeping the soil in place. Once that is done, pour in the soil. For the soil, you can use any potting soil combined with compost.
Once the planter is ready, create a half-inch hole in the soil using your thumb. Place about 3 to 4 seeds in and cover with soil. Water well and expose the planter to the sun. Once the seedling sprouts, you will be ready to transplant it into your garden bed. Of course, skip this step if you are planning to raise the plant in-pot.
- Maintenance. As soon as you have either transplanted the seedling into the garden or into a bigger planter, you will need to know how to grow and maintain it. Starting with watering, make sure to always keep the soil moist. As much as possible, do not wait for the soil to dry and crack. A watering schedule of once every week should suffice. If the area is unbearably hot, then you may have to move to a twice a week schedule.
Aside from watering, make sure to keep the plant exposed to sunlight. This is important whether the plant is still a seedling or has matured.
When you do feel the need to harvest the rosemary, simply cut the plant at the stem. You already have fresh herbs to use. Now if you plan to use the rosemary herbs later on, you can freeze them to preserve them.