Over the years, I’ve overwintered rosemary indoors with about a 75 per cent success rate. My track record improved once I learned that this herb doesn’t like to dry out when grown indoors, which seems counter-intuitive given that Salvia rosmarinus is native to dry, rocky areas in the Mediterranean. Recently, I came across more about rosemary’s growing requirements from … [Read more...] about Helping rosemary survive indoors
How to make an elegant topiary
A touch of formality is not out of place in most gardens, and precisely trimmed cones and spheres of foliage — classic forms of topiary — are especially suited to containers. All that’s required is a beautiful container, a plant amenable to frequent pruning and patience. There are myriad ways to incorporate a potted topiary into your landscape. Try an elegant container with … [Read more...] about How to make an elegant topiary
How to preserve herbs
When the garden is dormant and the weather grim, using herbs you’ve harvested and preserved is a good way to keep the memory of summer alive. There are a number of ways to store herbs for the winter, and a few things to keep in mind as you do it. Harvest herbs when they’re in their prime and on dry days. Ideally, pick them in the morning after the dew has dried but before … [Read more...] about How to preserve herbs
Overwintering rosemary indoors can be a challenge, but there are ways to turn the challenge into an opportunity so you can enjoy this Mediterranean herb year-round. Start with a potted rosemary; uprooting and moving an in-ground plant is difficult. If you don’t have any container-grown rosemary, buy one near the end of summer to overwinter indoors. Rosemary resents being … [Read more...] about Overwintering rosemary
How to treat powdery mildew on rosemary?
Wally in Toronto, Ontario, asks: When I bring my rosemary plants into the house for the winter, they get a powdery mildew that kills new growth. How do I treat this? Beckie’s reply: Good air circulation is important to prevent or at least control powdery mildew. Don’t crowd your rosemaries with other houseplants and keep them away from humid locations. Consider directing a … [Read more...] about How to treat powdery mildew on rosemary?