I may very well be the laziest gardener this side of the Rocky Mountains. I want my plants to require no upkeep, and if I can get them for free, all the better. So when my next door neighbors pruned back their rosemary bush, I scooped up an armload of rosemary branches/sticks/whatever with a plan to root them up for my own garden.
See this semi-elegant flower pot? I
stole borrowed stole it from my mother, and it sits to the right of my front door and has been filled with wild oregano that I plucked from the cracks in my driveway for the past couple of years. (Did I mention what a lazy gardener I am?) Unfortunately, the extended freezing cold temperatures that Portland shivered through in December killed it all off.
Crap . . .
I did a quick internet search on how to root rosemary, and read that it’s a good idea to scrape the outsides of the woody stems to encourage root growth. So I scraped the stems of most the rosemary, put it in water and placed it on a sunny spot over my kitchen sink. I also stuck a few unscraped stems in a small vase as an afterthought.
I’ve diligently replaced the water over that past month or so, but had yet to see any root growth. I did notice that there was a white scummy film that wanted to cover the stems. Kind of like an about-to-die guppy.
I had a chicken to roast last night, so I decided to use the purely decorative rosemary as seasoning, and lo and behold the unscraped and completely ignored vase of rosemary was thick with root growth!
Hello, lover . . .
So guess which rosemary became seasoning for my chicken?
After I broke off the scummy bottom bits, of course.
I will go ahead and plant the rosemary after we’re past the frost season, which should be any minute now. I’ll keep you posted on whether I can keep it alive. Although the reason I wanted rosemary in the first place is because of how hard it is to kill. (Unlike guppies.)
Hooray for free and easy gardening!
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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