How To Grow Bog Rosemary Plants?
Bog rosemary plants are easy to grow. They require little care and they produce large amounts of buds. These plants have beautiful flowers which attract butterflies and bees. You can enjoy watching them bloom year after year! If you want to cultivate these beautiful plants, then it’s not too difficult at all!
The first thing you need to do is choose a location where the soil will allow your plant to thrive. You can use any type of soil, but it must be well drained. If the soil isn’t draining properly, then your plant won’t get enough water and it’ll die.
You can buy bog rosemary plants from garden centers or you can grow them yourself using materials such as potting mix and compost. Once you’ve got your bog rosemary plants growing in their pots, you just need to keep them watered regularly with regular watering solution.
If you’re going to grow your own plants, then you’ll need to fertilize them with fertilizer every few months. Fertilizer helps your plants grow bigger and stronger. You can purchase fertilizer online or in stores like Home Depot.
Always make sure that the product contains no harmful chemicals or pesticides!
It’s best if you don’t let your bog rosemary plants go dormant during winter time. If you live in a cool or cold climate, then you should move your plants indoors if the average temperature is predicted to fall below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don’t have any other place to keep them, then just place them near a sunny window inside your home.
If you want to save money on buying new plants every year, then you can take cuttings from your plants during the spring or summer. Take a piece of stem that has several leaf nodes on it and just stick the stem into a cup of water. After a few weeks, you should see roots forming and you can then plant them in soil.
It can take several months before you see any new growth on your cuttings.
Here are some common bog rosemary plant problems and the solutions you can use to solve them:
There are yellow leaves on my plants. I’ve been watering them regularly with a watering can.
It sounds like the soil you’re using doesn’t have enough fertilizer in it. You should purchase some fertilizer that contains nitrogen. Apply the fertilizer to your soil before you plant your plants in it.
Make sure to follow the directions on the package for proper application instructions.
My plants have leaves that are curling up.
It sounds like the soil your plant was planted in doesn’t have enough water in it. You can correct this problem by watering your plants with a solution of one half teaspoon of soluble fertilizer per gallon of water. After feeding your plants, wait two weeks and then test the moisture of the soil again by taking a handful of soil and squeezing it tightly in your hand.
If the soil feels dry then water your plant with a solution of one fourth teaspoon of soluble fertilizer per gallon of water.
My leaves have white spots on them.
It sounds like you might have mold or fungus growing on the leaves of your plants. This is a common problem during the spring and early summer months. The best way to fix this problem is to place your plant in a sunny location.
The sun will kill off the mold and fungus growing on the leaves of your plant. While placing your plants in a sunny window is good in the spring and summer, it isn’t recommended that you keep them there throughout the winter. If you live in a cold climate, then it’s best to place your plants somewhere that’s not freezing. Just make sure to keep them out of the way of the furnace draft in your home.
My plant doesn’t look anything like the pictures in the books.
It sounds like maybe you bought the wrong plant! It is important to know what type of bog rosemary plant you have, because different types of plants need different growing conditions. For the best results, you’ll need to use the same type of soil and light conditions that your plant was previously growing in.
My leaves are covered with small bugs.
It sounds like aphids are eating away at your plant! These tiny, pear-shaped, soft-bodied insects are about the size of the head of a pin. They can be yellow, brown, black or even gray in color.
You’ll see them mostly on the stem and at the base of the leaves where they suck the sap. You can purchase an insecticide to kill off these little pests. You can also take a cotton swab and dip it into isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol), then apply it to the aphids. This will kill most of them.
You are taking a walk through the woods when the ground suddenly starts to shake. Small rocks begin to fall down from above your head and after a few moments the shaking stops. You think that maybe you are in danger so you look around you and try to figure out what to do.
You are in a narrow mountain valley with steep mountains on either side. There is a dirt hiking trail that goes in front of you and as far as you can see behind you. Just down the trail, you come to a sign nailed to a post that reads:
North Mountain Trail – 1 mi
South Mountain Trail – 2 mi
You have never been hiking before but you think it might be safer than staying in the valley so you start to head down the trail. After walking a few minutes you come to another sign nailed to a post. This one has drawings of bears, mountain lions and wolves on it.
Under the drawings it says “Danger! Keep alert!”
Where do you head?
Back to the South Trail
Forward to the North Trail
You are hungry so you decide to eat first. You pull out a granola bar and as you take your first bite, you hear an animal howl off in the distance. You turn and look up just in time to see a wolf standing on the top of a hill.
The wolf starts to run down the hill in your direction. As it gets closer, you can see that it is much bigger than you thought, at least as large as a German Shepherd dog. You look around and spot a large stick. Will you…
run to the nearest tree and grab the stick?
run down the mountain trail?
stay right where you are and hope the wolf won’t attack?
You decide to run to the nearest tree and grab a stick. When you reach up to grab a branch, you realize that you grabbed a limb that has no leaves on it and it suddenly breaks off in your hand. You look around but can’t find anything else that will do.
When you turn around, the wolf is already less than 15 feet away and coming fast. You turn to run but you are too late. The wolf leaps into the air and…
the wolf knocks you to the ground and immediately bites your throat. It feels like razor blades cutting into you but this all happens so fast that you don’t even have time to scream.
the wolf knocks you to the ground but then stops short of biting your throat. It lazily walks in front of you and growls. You try to crawl away but then it grabs your leg in its mouth and shakes it like a terrier shakes a rat.
the wolf leaps into the air and continues running down the mountain. The whole time you hear yelps coming from the wolf and you slowly realize that this wolf is not attacking you at all…
The correct answer is C.
“It’s a lonesome old life but I like it” states the man. “Now, you get off my property! I don’t need no government pushing me around.”
You look behind you and see a sign that says “Welcome to Faber Valley”, population 437. There is nowhere else to go so you push on through the front gate. The house is bigger than most of the other homes in town so you know he has to be rich.
As you approach, a man steps out on the porch. He is wearing a grey suit and has a toothbrush mustache. He doesn’t look friendly at all.
What do you want?”
“I’m looking for work sir,” you say.
“The name is Gerald Faber. I don’t know you and I got enough hired help as it is.”
You are running out of options and getting desperate, so you blurt out the first thing that comes to mind.
“But I saw a sign saying you were hiring, Sir.”
Gerald studies your face for a minute and then says, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen you in town before.
How do I know you aren’t working for the competition?”
“I’m from Atlanta, Sir. I just got into town yesterday and saw the sign.”
Now it is Gerald’s turn to get desperate. He doesn’t want to hire you but he also doesn’t want you working for a competitor. After a few seconds, he pulls you inside and tells you that he will give you a job but only until he can hire someone else.
“I run one of the largest farms in these parts,” Gerald remarks as he leads you to the parlor. “And I need some extra help during the harvest.”
He sits you down and brings you a plate of food. While you eat, he says that you can start right after you finish eating. He also mentions that your room is upstairs and the bathroom is second door on the right.
After you are finished eating, Gerald shows you to the barn and tells one of his employees to set you to work. Your job is to take the fruit that has fallen off the trees and put it into a wheelbarrow. Then, you are to take it to the storage house.
The employee (whose name is Rick) mentions that there are over 1000 trees in the orchard and every year they lose about 300 of them just because the fruit falls off the trees and rots on the ground. He states that some years ago, Gerald had tried to have it all picked up but it was more cost effective to just let it rot.
Rick shows you where the wheelbarrow is and then leaves you to the task of filling it. He said that he would check on you in about an hour.
So there you are all alone in an orchard full of apples. You look at all the trees and think that it would take days to pick them all. Then you notice that many of the apples have already fallen off and are just waiting to be picked up.
This makes the job a lot easier and you get to it.
After about an hour, Rick comes back to check on you. He loads the wheelbarrow onto a small dump truck and takes it to the storage house. While he is doing this, you think about how you are going to sneak out tonight without Rick seeing you.
You finish putting the rest of the apples into the wheelbarrow and Rick returns to take it away.
So what’s your name?”
he asks you.
“John,” you respond.
The rest of the day goes by quickly. You are able to sneak out of the house after everyone is asleep. You go to the storage house and get a couple apples for yourself.
Then, you head out to the woods and sleep under a tree.
You wake up early the next morning and return to the orchard. Today, you decide that you are going to work on the ground picking up the apples that have already fallen off. Rick comes by a couple of times to check up on you.
The rest of the day goes like yesterday. You finish just before dinner and head out as soon as everyone else does.
You make your way back to the woods and sleep there again.
The next morning, you return to orchard and begin picking up the apples. You remember that there wasn’t very much food back at your room so you eat two apples during your break. You look around in hopes of finding more food but this part of the orchard didn’t have any leftovers.
You are just about to leave when you hear a familiar voice call out to you. It’s Rick!
“Hey kid, I thought that you left already!” he says. “I was looking for you since yesterday, since we need more people in the storage house.”
Uh oh! You had forgotten to hide and head out when Rick wasn’t looking. It’s not exactly a big orchard so he had probably already checked all the trees.
Rick, can I work here in the orchard?”
you quickly ask, trying to come up with an excuse.
“I’m sorry kid, but all the positions were taken long ago.” Rick answers.
Crap! There goes your perfect plan of sleeping in the orchard. Now you’ll have to go back to the city and come up with a new one.
“Well, I guess I’ll see you tomorrow then,” you say as you turn to leave.
“Actually, there is another position open,” Rick says. “You could you be a carrier. All you have to do is deliver messages and small packages throughout the city.”
This would be perfect for you! You could stay here in the orchard and not have to worry about finding food in the city.
“Oh, and one more thing,” Rick adds. “The job pays five coppers a day. After you work for five days, you get one free day where you can do whatever you want.”
This sounds great! But it still doesn’t solve your food problem and you need to save every penny.
“No thanks,” you tell Rick. “I’ll try looking for work in the city.”
You wave goodbye to Rick, then sneak away before he can try to convince you again. You spend the rest of the day looking for work but without any luck. When night comes, you head back to the orchard and fall asleep under a different tree.
You wake up well before dawn and try to go back to sleep but find that you cannot. Your stomach is growling so you get up and wander around the orchard. You spot an unattended horse cart and see a few apples in the bottom of the cart.
They are covered in dirt and you don’t feel like you should be stealing but… it’s been two days since you’ve had anything to eat.
Then, you remember the two apples Rick gave you yesterday. You still have them in your bag.
They are a gift so it wouldn’t be stealing, right?
You grab one and bite into it as you continue on your way. It tastes amazing but you only manage to swallow half of it as the hunger overtakes you once again. You wrap up the rest of the apple and put it back in your bag for later.
You look around the orchard, wondering if there might be any fruit that you are allowed to eat. There are a lot of trees that you don’t recognize so it would be best not to eat anything that you aren’t sure about. You spot some cherries and wonder if they are edible.
They look like the cherries you sometimes get in your meals at the orphanage on special occasions. They are definitely worth a try.
You grab one and bite into it. It’s sweet and delicious. You’ve never tasted a cherry before so you have no idea if they are supposed to taste this good or not.
The orphanage only serves them on special occasions so you’ve only tasted a couple in your life. Still, they were just maraschino cherries out of a jar from the grocery store so these might taste different.
You linger in the orchard for a while longer, eating a few more cherries and contemplating your next move. You could go back to the city and look for work there but Rick said most of the jobs were taken. You could go back home to the orphanage but you would still be hungry.
You don’t have any more money so even if you find work tomorrow it would be at least a week before you had another coin to your name.
Suddenly, you get an idea. You remember that the orchard is in need of hands to pick apples. Rick said that the pay was five coppers a day so if you worked for a week, you would have enough for at least one meal a day at the Soup Kitchen.
And, if you get free room and board, that would leave you with four daily coins for other expenses. It might be enough to help you get ahead in life.
Still, that means you would have to deal with Rick and his demands for sexual favors. The mere thought of it makes you uncomfortable but you are so hungry that you are willing to do almost anything to get some food in your stomach. You wonder if there might be another way to get work without dealing with him.
It’s possible he may have some relatives running the orchard so perhaps you could try asking one of them.
Also, while the orchard may have offered some shelter from the elements and look benign, you’ve heard stories about the cherries not being so “sweet”. You may be homeless but at least you aren’t enslaved.
You decide that it would be best not to draw attention to yourself by asking around about work so you decide to head back to the city and try your chances there.
Your walk back is slow and tiring and you end up taking a break halfway there. You sneak into a store and grab a couple of apples to eat. You also find some cheese in a barrel and make that into a sandwich to snack on later.
You keep low to the ground as you sneak around the city. You avoid any guards or watchmen that may be about and after a few close calls, you make it back to the city.
You head to the same location where you were picked up before. It’s starting to get late and if you don’t find work today, you’re not sure if you’ll have enough time to do so before the orchard sends someone to look for you.
You spend the next few hours asking around about any available work but no one has anything. They all tell you that the harvest is almost done and that they don’t need any extra help.
You’re not sure what you’ll do if the orchard sends someone after you. You imagine that you’ll probably just run away again and perhaps this time, head farther away from the city.
As it gets later in the day, your hunger gets worse so you find a place to lie down and try to sleep it off.
You awaken to a fist slamming into your side. You look up to see Rick, the driver from before.
“There you are you little prick!
I bet you thought you could just run off and make it on your own didn’t you?”
He laughs while he continues to hit you. He grabs you by the shirt and pulls you up to your feet.
He takes out a knife and cuts the ropes off of your arms. “That may have worked if you had been more resourceful. But just like in the orchard, there are rules that you must follow.” He shows you a piece of paper with rules written on it.
“You will follow these rules or else suffer the consequences.
Do you understand?”
Rick grabs you by the scruff of your neck and raises you up to his face. “Do. You.
he asks again. You look at the paper and then back up at him.
“Yes, sir. I understand,” you say softly as Rick releases his grip on your neck.
“Alright then, here’s what you need to do. Take this bag back to the orchard. There’s a house there with lights on it.
You go there and give this bag to the person who answers the door. You tell them that Rick sent you and that should clear you of all charges.”
He sets the bag down and motions towards it. You slowly walk over to it and pick it up. “Oh, almost forgot.
You need to give them this letter as well.” Rick pulls a letter out of his pocket and hands it to you.
“Alright, off you go,” Rick says dismissing you with a wave of his hand. You turn and walk away.
You walk down the road for quite sometime before you spot any lights. As you get closer, you realize that it’s the house Rick was talking about. It is now very late and there are lights on in several windows.
You walk up to the door and knock.
You wait for several minutes but nobody comes to the door. You knock again, this time louder. Still nothing.
You try the doorknob and find that it’s unlocked. You decide to go in.
You walk inside and find yourself in a small foyer. There is a door directly in front of you as well as a staircase to the right. You can hear some commotion coming from upstairs so you head in that direction.
As you approach the top of the steps you hear an elderly voice exclaim “Who’s there?”
You stop for a moment, wondering if you should answer, when you hear the voice again, “I know someone is there, I can hear them breathing.”
You step onto the first stair when the voice comes again, “Who are you and what do you want?”
You aren’t sure what to do. You know that if you lie to him, the ruse will be up almost immediately and he’ll never let you deliver the package. You could tell him the truth but who knows how he’ll react?
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