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In the Middle Ages newlyweds would plant a rosemary branch on their wedding day. People believed that if the rosemary grew it was a good omen for the couple and their family. I didn't know this at the time, and we've already been married a few years, but it still does seem fitting that rosemary was the first thing we planted in our new yard.

Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis is drought tolerant and pest resistant.It's also very easy to propagate from cuttings and self layers given half a chance. Rosemary is a low maintenance, fast growing perennial, or shrub if it stays awhile, making it a great early addition to your edible garden. Plant your rosemary in a sunny area with good drainage and forget about it until you’re ready to cook.

A few sprigs of rosemary add a depth of flavor to almost any soup or stew. It makes a great herbed bread and even a delicious ice cream!

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Rosemary Ice Cream

Rosemary Cookies

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