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Frosty herbs

By Penny Stine

With another forecast calling for a freeze last night, I decided to bring in my seedlings one more night. Some of them would have probably been OK, since broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts can take a little cold, but I brought them in anyway.
I also covered and lit the peach tree again.

I forgot, however, to bring in this rosemary plant. It grew all last summer and I brought it in the house last fall, where it was quite happy.

Earlier this spring, I put it out too early one morning before work and it partially froze, which is why it looks half-dead.

The living half of the plant doesn’t look like it sustained any damage from being out all night last night (unlike most people, who just don’t look so good after an all-nighter), which was a pleasant discovery this morning when I realized I forgot to bring it in.

Rosemary is a tender perennial, which means it lives year round in some climates. I’ve never had any survive outside here and I usually manage to kill the ones I bring inside, too. So I’m quite happy that this one hasn’t dropped dead yet.

This planter had some arugula that’s gone crazy from my indoor winter experiment, along with dried out pea plants and one almost-dead basil plant. The basil looks frozen, since I forgot to bring it in last night, too. I’m not too worried, however, since I have about 10 basil seedlings ready to be planted as soon as the threat of a frost is over for the season. Unlike rosemary, which grows so slowly that you don’t get much until the end of the season, basil is a fairly fast grower.  


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