There really is nothing more tasty than adding your own home grown, freshly cut herbs to your cooking and salads.One of the most popular herbs,Rosemary, has an evergreen shrubby habit. It prefers full sun and well drained soil and has a slow and erratic germination. It can grow to a height of 90cm. Rosemary is the perfect partner for lamb, and makes roast potatoes even more delicious. It can also be added to olive oil and left to create the most delicious salad dressing. Pack size: 100 Seeds
SOW INSIDE: For reliable results in a seed tray of soil-less compost. cover with compost and glass and maintain a temperature of at least 20°C.
WHAT TO DO NEXT: When large enough prick out into a 5cm pot, gradually harden off and plant out any time from May to September. The ideal time to plant rosemary is April. Prefers light, well drained soil in full sun. Rosemary prefers a slightly limey soil (the opposite of acid) because this results in smaller plants with more fragrant leaves. It will withstand severe frosts if conditions are not windy and wet as well. Rosemary does not like to have its roots disturbed so leave as much of the root ball undisturbed as possible. Water well if the conditions are at all dry.
HARVEST: Cut off portions of branches and dry in an airing cupboard. When brittle the leaves may be rubbed off into a container. The leaves can be harvested any time. Harvest no more than you can use fresh, as they lose most of their flavor when dried.
USES: Rosemary and lamb go well together. Use the dried leaves as potpourri and in sachets to scent clothes and linen and deter moths.
HANDY TIP Rosemary helps to deter cabbage moths, bean beetles and carrot flies, so is useful as a companion plant for cabbage, beans, carrots and sage.
RECIPE Rosemary & Orange Vinaigrette 1/4 cup mild olive oil 2 tablespoons chicken stock 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1/4 cup orange juice concentrate 2 cloves garlic 1/2 teaspoon paprika Salt and pepper to season 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary leaves Whisk all the ingredients together in a small bowl, and salt and pepper to taste and set aside. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
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