Do you want to grow plants indoors in the cold weather? If so, consider some plants that can add flavor to your food while making your home smell great.
We are talking about herbs rosemary and laurel.
Both plants do well indoors, near a sunny window in the cold weather, as long as the temperature is warm and you keep them watering.
Both rosemary and laurel come from the part of the world that is close to the Mediterranean. The area is cool but not icy cold in winter and it gets lots of sunlight.
Gardening expert Lee Reich of the Associated Press says it is important to keep these plants “happy and alive” during the cooler months.
So how do you do that?
For rosemary, the water level is very important. The plant needs soil that is a little bit wet all the time, but never soaked. Too much water will kill the plant. You can plant rosemary in a container with soil that is about 25 percent sand, perlite, or vermiculite. Perlite and vermiculite help the soil hold on to the water.
Rosemary can add a good taste to the food, but it can also make a room smell good. So if you have it growing inside, it is a good idea to place the container near an airflow source, like a door that is used frequently. In this way, the pleasant aroma of rosemary floats through the air.
Laurel berries have dark, green leaves and give a nice smell when picked. When food is added, Reich notes, it does supper and tomato saucer taste better. You need to crush the leaves after picking them to release the flavor.
If you want to grow the plants inside to make your home look good, you can mow unwanted branches from the plant as it grows and make it look like a small tree. You will not harm the plant if you do this. Most plants that grow this way grow a little bit taller than 65 inches.
Rosemary and laurel can live for more than 10 years if cared for.
Every two years it is a good idea to replace the soil and add the plant to a larger container.
You can move them outside when the weather gets hot. The plants will like the change. And you can welcome rosemary and laurel bread back into your home for many winters to come.
I’m Dan Friedell.
Dan Friedell adapted this story into Learning English based on a story by Lee Reich of the Associated Press.
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Words in this story
herb – n. a plant or part of a plant used as a medicine or to add flavor to food
softened – v. to make (someone or something) very wet with water or another liquid
soup – n. a food made by cooking vegetables, meat or fish in a large amount of liquid
sauce – n. a thick liquid that is eaten with or on food to give flavor to it
crush – v. to break (something) into a powder or very small pieces by pressing, knocking or grinding it
department – n. part of a tree that grows out of the trunk