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|There is no substitute for the herb chervil, in my opinion. Chervil is a popular aromatic herb, on the sweet side, that adds a delicious flavor to your salads, sauces, omelets, lamb, pork, veal (and other culinary uses and recipes). Chervil can be used with other herbs such as basil, parsley and cilantro, for an even greater flavor enhancer.
CHERVIL PLANTING DEPTH AND SEED SPACINGChervil seeds are very tiny, therefore you do not want to plant them too deep. If you plant your chervil seeds too deep they simply won’t generate enough energy to get to the surface.
Chervil is a perfect herb to grow in containers. One small pot of chervil growing is more than likely all you will need to not only use during the season, but plenty to save for the off season. With that said, if you plan on planting your chervil seeds in a garden bed, make sure you space them out eight inches. With chervil you can get away with a smaller spacing, but eight inches will produce abundant plants.
CHERVIL GERMINATION AND MATURITYYou can expect your chervil seeds to germinate in fifteen to twenty days and you can expect your chervil plants to mature in seventy to eighty days. To help speed up germination I would recommend that you soak your seeds for twenty-four hours prior to planting them in your containers or garden bed.
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WHERE AND WHEN TO PLANT YOUR CHERVILSelect a location with partial shade and friable soil. If you are planting your chervil in containers, use a good organic potting soil. If you are planting your chervil in a garden bed, make sure the soil is friable so the roots can spread out easier. You can do this by adding peat or coir to your garden soil.
Cultivate your soil with plenty of compost prior to planting, and then add additional compost around the base of your plants every couple of weeks. As a side note, chervil does not transplant well, so if you are growing them in containers, leave them there and if you plan on growing chervil in a garden bed, start your seeds there.
CARE AND HARVESTINGKeep your soil moist, not saturated. That means a light watering when the soil looks dry which can be daily if you are growing your chervil in small containers.
Use your chervil fresh if possible, but can also be used dry. Your chervil will taste better before the summer heat kicks in and before their flowers open. You can also freeze your chervil for future use.
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