When to Sow
March to May. Can be harvested all year round.
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 out 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 stand 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.
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 loose most of their flavor when dried.
Rosemary and lamb go well together. Use the dried leaves as potpourri and in sachets to scent clothes and linen and deter moths.
Rosmary helps to deter cabbage moths, bean beetles and carrot flies, so is usful grown as a companion plant for cabbage, beans carrots and sage.
Tasty Recipe for 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, 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
Whisk all the ingredients together in a small bowl, add salt and pepper to taste and set aside. Cover and refrigerate until needed.