|Rosemary | photo: Nataraja|
I've just gotten back from the store where I have purchased, yet again, a rosemary plant. This is my fourth one of the season. I had one last year. It did pretty well. We enjoyed using it in a lot of recipes, especially veggie marinades, last summer. Then winter came. It was a bad winter (for Texas) and many things in my yard did not make it. One of them was that poor rosemary. Okay, it happens. So I went and bought another one. For some reason it wasn't happy where the first one was and it died. I bought another one and moved it to the bed across the way. That one died too. Then I bought another one and planted it in a pot with the lavender. The lavender is still going but the rosemary? Yup, dead as a doornail.
So I've bought another one (luckily they are just $4 a pot so I can afford to keep shelling out until I get it right) and I'm really hoping this one will make it. I've got a different location in mind, a little more shade, hopefully a better location and nowhere near the areas where the others have not survived.
Along the way I keep being reminded that gardening is an ever-evolving process. Especially after learning how to garden in one area of the country and then moving to a vastly different agricultural zone and temperate climate. Learning what plant where takes time and attention and effort. Luckily most of what my husband and I plant in our garden seems to grow well or I probably would have given up by now. I also like playing in the dirt and this certainly gives me an excuse to keep on doing it. And it's a great way to get some sunshine and fresh air, something I recommend for everyone.
Since I mentioned it, here's the recipe for Tomato Junk. There are no precise measurements, I just throw it all together but somehow it always works out.
a lot of very ripe tomatoes, washed, cored, peeled and quartered
a sweet onion, chopped
a clove or two of garlic, minced
a bunch of basil, minced
Using a generous amount of olive oil in the pan saute onions and garlic until the onion starts to wilt
Add tomatoes and cook until they start to break down
Add basil and cook another 5 minutes
Remove from heat, let cool and then package for the freezer in 1 cup containers
I do not add salt or pepper to this as I season it when I use it