Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Herbs My Mom Likes...and Bugs She Doesn't

Ok, so I don't know if my mom would really like it but I suspect she would. Her name is Rosemary, which is also the name of this very easy to grow herb that can develop into out-of-control bushes and hedges in warm, dry climates.

Great for mixing in with a lot of different food, just chop up the leaves and sprinkle in eggs, over pasta, whatever you think would be good. Be sure to wash the leaves real good first though...

You'll notice these little balls of foamy goo developing on your Rosemary plants from time to time. It's bug loogie.

Specifically, it's a ball of foam spit out by the appropriately named spittle bug and is used by it as a protective barrier while it eats and lives on the plant. They don't really do it any harm and can be washed off easily with a spray from the hose.

You can also us pyrethrum spray (available at the link on this page), a natural daisy-based insecticide, to kill them if you want.

All in all, it's a minor but slightly gross problem that shouldn't keep you from including Rosemary in your herb garden.


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