I'm writing this in the TX section instead of the herb section because we all know we have a whole different universe down here where the normal rules of gardening don't apply..!
Anyway.... it's pretty sad if you live in central TX and you can't even grow rosemary. I mean it's almost like a weed,, and thrives with neglect, right..?? It's supposed to be one of the easiest plants to have around. But every single time I plant one, it looks all nice and green and vibrant and then after several weeks or months it turns into this pathetic, stunted looking thing with pale, spotty, shriveled, sad looking leaves. All my neighbor's rosemary plants look beautiful- thriving, full, green & healthy. What am I doing wrong?
I have it planted in an area that has pretty un-fussed-with soil, since that is supposed to be better for herbs. However I do add a little fertilizer from time to time, and mulch (which eventually gets blended in), compost, whatever. But the soil (like most soil in Austin) always ends up turning back to rocky dust anyway.
I thought it was spider mites for a while because in previous years, they have attacked everything- all the plants ended up with sickly, pale, spotted leaves. But this year everything else looked mite-free.. except the rosemary always ends up looking the same.
I have 2 plants in 2 different places-- both get plenty of sun, and occasional water. Anyone know what I'm doing wrong...?