Rosemary Cultivars & Gardener’s Notes for Spring

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Garden Sage Debra Knapke shared her favorite carrot cultivars with us for the spring issue. See below for her recommendations for rosemary cultivars to pair with Sarah Lagrotteria’s recipe for Carrots in an Orange Honey Rosemary Glaze. Debra also shares some gardening tips, if you decide to dig in and plant carrots this spring.
 

ROSEMARY CULTIVARS FOR SPRING 

(Rosmarinus officinalis)
Arp–leaves have a sharp bite with classic rosemary, piney flavor, Arp is your best bet for overwintering rosemary outside; will tolerate zero-degree temperatures if protected from winter winds.
Barbecue–one of my favorites for flavor, the cultivar name refers to the very sturdy, upright branches that can be used as skewers.
Tuscan Blue–very piney smell and flavor, large light blue flowers bloom in the late spring to early summer and late fall to early winter.
Gorizia–a gentler rosemary flavor for those who prefer less.

Gardener’s Notes

1. Recommended resources for seeds include: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Cook’s Garden, Fedco, Renee’s Garden, Seeds of Change, Seed Savers Exchange, and Territorial Seeds.
2. Carrot seeds are usually directly sown into the garden.
3. Sow carrot seeds shallowly; consistent moisture is important for good germination.
4. Longer roots need deeper, friable soil; if you have clay or rocky soils, choose shorter carrots except for tolerant varieties mentioned above.
5. A potential pest is the rust fly maggot; plant at the very end of May or early July to avoid the first generation of egg-laying flies or you can use row covers to exclude the fly.
6. Days to maturity are an estimate as ripening depends on available moisture, sun, and temperature; short range of days-to-maturity will allow for succession planting.