Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Back to My Roots

 
I picked too much Rosemary last week when I nipped out in the rain to grab some herbs from the tin bath.  Rather than using it all and risk spoiling the dish I was making, I snipped off the amount I needed and stood the rest in a pot on the kitchen windowsill.
 
It got a water whenever I was watering the other herbs, but I didn't have a recipe that I needed it in until the other day when I was making some Mediterranean Veggies.  On pulling the sprig out of the pot this is what I was greeted with ...... lovely healthy roots.  So I popped it back into the water and went and cut another sprig from outside to use in my cooking.
 
A plant for free, maybe I'll do a few more and try and quell my urge to get seriously planting.
 
This was how it looked when I first sowed the seeds, now it is a mass of green.
 
I have cobbled together a makeshift 'greenhouse' to start some salad crops off in since the permission for the poly and net tunnels is taking so long.  Fingers crossed but we should hear next week and it's looking favourable :-)  The seedlings in my 'greenhouse' are doing surprisingly well, because I was using some of my oldest seeds I was very generous with the sprinkling of them and don't you know it virtually all of them came up, so at least there are some edible crops on the way soon.
 
 
Back to my roots ..... at last.
 
Sue xx
 

15 comments:

  1. love your photos, never could get rosemary to root in water!
    hope the permission comes through speedily!
    always enjoy reading your posts!

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  2. Hi Sue. I came by to return the blog visit and thank you for taking the time to leave a comment on mine! The makeshift greenhouse is brilliant! We would love to have a greenhouse (not very high on the to-do list at present) or at least a cold frame (a little higher on the list than the greenhouse but not by much). Your idea looks to be a quick, easy way to help those little plants out!

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  3. I love rosemary and garlic potatoes. Yum. I am off to try this with some rosemary!

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  4. I've tried unsuccessfully to grow Rosemary seedlings in compost. I'll have a go at this and maybe this time, will be successful!

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  5. Rosemary is one of the easiest herbs to propogate but it takes a while to grow into a bigger plant I have about 50 waiting to get big enough enough to go to market . Fingers crossed for the planning , I feel your pain xx

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  6. Leaning an old window against a wall was exactly what we did when we moved here in May 1992. We brought tomatoes in pots with us and put them in growbags when we got here. They did well that summer until we had time to do a greenhouse and to find the coldframes amongst the overgrown garden.
    hope permission comes through quickly

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  7. I think the key to the rosemary rooting is this specimen is on new/green wood, whereas to get old wood rooted is a slit trench in the open ground and left for a year or so.

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  8. Fingers crossed you poly tunnel application will be passed soon for you to plant. Good job with the rosemary.

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  9. That's the way we always get more rosemary..the plant that keeps on giving!
    Jane x

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  10. I have got 3 rosemary plants , I really must find some use for them.

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  11. I've inherited a Rosemary bush on the lottie so I may try a cutting........check me out and how adventurous I'm getting, I'm blaming you of course ;) x

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  12. Crikey, it does root quickly. Although looking through the comments it sounds like I will have to be patient. I'm looking for something to make a low hedge.

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  13. I have a fair sized Rosemary plant, I think I'll give propagating it a go now I've seen how easily they root. xx

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  14. You can't beat fresh herbs. I never knew you could regrow the roots.

    X x

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  15. I did a similar thing a few weeks ago with basil. I cut off too much and so i popped the rest in water on the windowsil l above the sink. I noticed the water was down and so i pulled it out last weekend to find roots on the bottom. Who knew you could do this with basil? Since you can never have enough im going to do some more, though i too will have to come up with some sort of greenhouse rigup as we approach winter. Its crazy here in Oz (Melbourne), we just had two weeks of over 20 (up to 26) in May!!!!

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