Mayan Garden & Home Club Tip for January, 2019

Tip of the month: ROSEMARY (Romero)

Rosemary is one of the most popular herbs in Mexico.  It is used in meat dishes, for bread making, salsas, in marinades as well as a medicinal tonic for headaches and muscle pains.  The dry leaves are burned as incense during ceremonies and rituals and to clean the bad vibrations out of a home.  The smell is a relaxing , pine-like  tonic and is often used in steam baths and saunas.  Rosemary is also a great addition to your marinade for steak, roasts, and turkey.  Break off a small branch and pull off the leaves, which can then be crushed or used as is.

PLANTING ROSEMARY:  Rosemary can be successfully planted in a pot or in the garden.  It needs about 6 to 8 hours of sun a day and sandy, loamy soil.  It is very important that the plant is well-drained and not watered until the soil feels dry.  Otherwise the roots may rot and the plant will turn black and die.  Rosemary is relatively drought tolerant. It does well in a rock garden or a pot that has good drainage.  Remember, do not overwater!!  Rosemary can be grown from cuttings or seeds, but since it is so slow growing the first year, it is easier to buy a good size plant to begin. Then you can start using it right away.  A successful rosemary plant can grow to the size of a hedge, so space the plants about three feet apart.

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