Monday, June 20, 2011

Herb of the Week


 Rosemary is an herb that makes a terrific ornamental plant as well as a wonderful addition to your kitchen.  The Latin name-Romarinus officinalis -means "Dew of the Sea".  While it originates from the Mediteranean, Rosemary can be grown elsewhere successfully.

Three tips for success:   1. 6-8 hours of sunlight
                                       2. Good drainage
                                       3. Good air circulation

You can grow Rosemary outdoors year round if your temps stay 30 degrees or higher.  Otherwise grow in a pot and bring indoors in the colder months.  Remember it will need 6-8 hours light so you may need to use a grow light.
Let soil dry out somewhat between waterings.  A fan directed at the plant will help --remember tip #3  good circulation.  Keeping these things in mind will ensure success with your wonderful Rosemay Plant!

  Here is a recipe for a lovely fragrant marinade for chicken using Rosemary:

                       Lemon  Rosemary Marinade

This marinade gives you that lemon-herb flavor that you find on so many store made chickens, but this is better.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: Makes about 1 cup of marinade
  • 3 large lemons
  • 1/2 cup fresh rosemary (3 tablespoons dried rosemary)
  • 1/4 cup of olive or salad oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
Zest lemons and set aside. Cut lemons in half and squeeze out the juice into a nonreactive bowl or resealable plastic bag. Throw in the lemon zest and remaining ingredients. Mix together well.  Marinate for at least 4 hours.

Hope this post and recipe inspires you to add Rosemary to your herb collection!


  1. Sounds wonderful, I will give this a try! I look forward to reading more of your posts! I am new to the blogging world too :)

  2. Nice post. I just replanted some rosemary. I will have to try the marinade. I have to comment on your info about yourself. "jack of all trades master of none...I say this same thing about myself. I figured I would follow you. I do farm & flea markets too. Look forward to reading your blog. Blessings from Wisconsin.