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Rosemary, great in cooking.
Member Name: LoolooMe
Advantages: Looks after it's self if you choose the right place outside
Disadvantages: Harder to look after inside.
The plant rosemary has numerous uses and like most herbs is quite expensive to buy in the shops and as it is so easy to grow then it need not be an expense. My review is going to be on my experience of growing rosemary.
*Precuring a plant*
The most easiest way to start is to buy a small (aim for 20 cm tall at least) plant. Or if you have the experience you can start with a cutting, although this takes time to grow. The least recommended way is gemminating from a seed - I have never had terrific success with this and sometimes the results are not like the plant I thought it would be. I would only take on a seed germination as a challenge not as a way to get a good bush.
In door rosemarys normally suffer either from the heating which leads to drying out, or from damp conditions which comes from a closed up house. Although you will be able to look after a rosemary plant inside it will take a lot of attension and won't grow into a big bush, whereas if you plant it out side in the right position then it normally does fine by it's self.
*Where to plant*
I am a great fan of permaculture and so plant my rosemary at the top of my herb spiral. A herb spiral is where you have a mound of earth and you plant plants which will be symbiotic with each other (ie. Provide shade or be a natural pest protector). The top of the mound gets less water as water perculates down to the bottom, but gets full sun, and as that's what Rosemary needs (Full sun, good drainage) then it's perfect My soil is also clayey so I add some sand to the mix to improve drainage.
-For winters. I have found that in the South of England mature rosemary bushes can survive, but I trust them anywhere which gets heavy frost.
Well it's all the same. If you want a spring for your lamb just cut a bit off. I prefer just to let it take a natural shape as it's quite woody and so I don't think it would shape very easily. When I need it I cut it as I find that it doesn't hold it's flavour. If I cut a lot of it then I either put it in salt or oil. I have also heard of people freezing it, but I have never tried.
All in all easy plant to look after if it can stay out side. Easy to look after out side, harder inside. Easy to harvest (as do it anytime).
Summary: Worth it if you use it a lot. Buy an established plant if it's your first.