Rosemary for the Herb Garden
Rosemary has always enjoyed great popularity in the Mediterranean kitchen. However, the plant with its numerous genera not only plays a role as a herb, but also served ancient civilisations as a healing herb in medicine or as a symbolic carrier. As a very adaptable and compatible herb, rosemary fits seamlessly into many different types of gardens and belongs in every herb garden.
Rosemary and its uses
Due to its very fragrant scent, the genus Rosmarinus officinalis was long considered a fragrant and medicinal plant. It was used, for example, in the production of perfumes or as a substitute for incense. In later times, rosemary found its way into the kitchen and joined the repertoire of domestic herbs. The herbs are particularly popular in the Italian region, where they are known as a classic barbecue spice. The herbs harmonise particularly well with honey, meat, game or potatoes.
However, herbs have made a name for themselves especially in the field of medicine. Ground and consumed as a tea, it has a digestive effect and gently relieves gastrointestinal problems. The natural remedy has also proven effective against migraine and rheumatism.
Use in the herb garden
In the herb garden, the plant proves to be quite undemanding. It prefers a very sunny location and a warm climate. Here in the country, it can be grown as early as early May. As a compatible plant, it fits in seamlessly with other herbs such as thyme, basil, blackberry or oregano. But sage or lavender are also good neighbours. Because of its origins, the plant prefers a rather dry and well-drained soil. Depending on the variety, the sun-worshipper can withstand the meagre winters in this country.
In the pot, the plant only reaches a small size, but outdoors it can easily reach a height of several metres and can thus easily function as a hedge plant. As a particularly positive side effect, the plant keeps pests and insects away from the garden. The oils contained in the leaves have a deterrent effect on aphids and spider mites. The plant is very gentle and requires little attention. Unlike other herbs, the plant needs only a few nutrients, usually two fertilisations a year are sufficient for pot cultures.