The last harvest Monday of 2014 and, wonder of wonders, I actually have an itty bitty harvest to report.
Our weather in the last couple of weeks has been downright balmy. This past Saturday, we reached 9°C (48°F) - the typical high at this time of year should be around -2°C (28°F). Quite the difference.
So here we were, preparing all the yummy food for Christmas dinner, and I was able to go out (without a jacket, no less!) and pick some fresh herbs from the garden. Just heaven.
|Thyme & Dew Covered Purple Sage|
And now for some sad, but not altogether surprising, news. Back in October, I potted up my rosemary in the hopes of overwintering it. I did the same thing last year and it just barely made it through the winter as I had several watering (or lack thereof) mishaps.
|Rosemary - Freshly Potted Up|
This year, I vowed to do better & instead of placing the pot in the family room, where I often forget to water houseplants, I placed it in the basement under the grow lights. I did fairly well at remembering to water transplants under the lights this past spring and since I’m often down there working on one project or another, I thought I would definitely remember to keep it watered.
Well, only two months after potting it up, my rosemary has succumbed….once again, my lack of adequate watering was to blame. Sigh.
|Rosemary Two Months Later|
A sad, sad sight
Even though the leaves look a bit green, let me assure you that they are, in fact, completely dried out.
Well, I tried. On the bright side, this plant did last three years so that’s something. And this gives me an excuse to go to the garden center in the spring….not that I need an excuse or anything.
I couldn’t see that there would be any difference between harvesting the dried leaves right off the plant (vs. picking them & letting them dry separately), so I picked what I could & now have a small supply of dried rosemary….hey, that’s another positive!
To see what everyone else has been harvesting over the past week, head on over to Daphne’s Dandelions, our host for Harvest Mondays.
Till next time…