Try growing chervil to add a new exciting annual/biennial herb to your garden. I just love the airy fern-like ornamental look of the foliage as a border display with some taller central herbs like Sweet Rocket or Mullein.
Chervil is similar to parsley in how it's grown and used. The shape of the leaves have a resemblance to parsley but much smaller.
It smells and tastes slightly of aniseed but with a sweet flavour. Can be eaten raw with salads, eggs and cheese, or added to soups and stews. The French have a stronger passion for it than folks here which is such a shame.
Older people should take a leaf out of my book and use it for its beneficial properties that can help us as we age. It has diuretic properties, high in magnesium, high in vitamin C. We older ones could do with as much help as we can get to keep fit and healthy.
Chervil will germinate easily in the right conditions indoors any month of the year especially if the seed is fresh.
You can use a hydroponic unit or a heated propagator. The choice is yours. For a regular supply sow every 2 weeks.
If you grow it indoors be aware that it can reach as high as 1 ½ ft. Regularly pluck leaves from the plant to keep the growth in check.
Cover chervil with a fine net to protect it from aphids. They can thrive indoors in winter and just love this herb.
How to Sow
Push the seeds into the surface of the growing media be it compost or hydroponic media.
Wet compost before sowing and then give the seeds a final spray with water. The seeds will germinate in about 10 days.
Chervil doesn't like being potted on so to save any stress to your plants sow them in situ if you are keeping them on the windowsill or in compostable pots either shop bought or home-made using paper or inner cardboard tubes if you want them outside later.
When Spring arrives all you have to do is plant them along with their pots into outside planters or straight into the ground once you have hardened them off.
Nice light and loose compost or free draining soil is the way to go. Chervil grows a thick taproot so needs spaced at least 6 inches apart.
Find a semi-shaded spot and sow them in Spring by the same methods as you would indoors but lightly cover them over with a little compost to stop the birds picking them off, then firm them down.
During hot summer days keep the plants well hydrated.
Girls! You can use this herb to make a face pack or steam infusion to cleanse your skin. Apparently it will help lessen the wrinkles and make you look less droopy!
Didn't I tell you that us older generation should make good use of this age-defying herb?
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