Why not start growing rosemary, a hardy herb which needs very little care? Wouldn't it be great having a rosemary plant, along with other useful herbs nearby so that they are available the moment cooking inspiration strikes?
The perennial and evergreen rosemary is a woody and a rather prickly bush. The aromatic leaves somewhat resemble pine needles but the two plants are not related. Rosemary plants are actually from the same family as mint, even though they don't look like each other.
The rosemary shrub can grow to nearly two metres in height, but it's also easily trimmed to whatever shape or size you like.
Creeping rosemary or trailing rosemary are available for those who prefer to grow the plant in a hanging basket.
Propagating Rosemary: The best way to propagate rosemary is to obtain a cutting. Pick the lower leaves off and plant the cutting straight into the soil. Space sprigs 30-40 cm apart. Rosemary seed can be sown as soon as the ground has warmed up in spring.
Soil: Loam or compost with good drainage.
Climate: Prefers dry, arid climate. Rosemary doesn't thrive in extreme cold or wet areas, but tolerates frost and drought.
Watering: Water sparingly. Think Mediterranean.
Fertilizing: The plant doesn't need much fertilizer.
Harvesting Rosemary: Trim just before flowering if you're planning to dry the cuttings. Otherwise, just pick as you need it.
Containers: Grow rosemary in a pot at least 20 cm deep. Keep the plant trimmed small to avoid a scraggly look.
Shady areas: The plant does like its sunshine but will tolerate some partial shade. Keep dampness to a minimum.
Pests and diseases: Pests are usually not a problem. Mould can attack in damp shady areas. Root rot may result from over watering, or from planting rosemary in water logged soil.