Chervil

Forget chervil in plastic bags - grow your own !
Common name : Chervil
Scientific name : Anthriscus cerefolium
Family : Apiaceae
Category : Veggies
Type of plant : Biennial
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Chervil - also called French parsley - is a delicate annual herb and a cousin to parsley. It is commonly used to season mild-flavoured dishes. The plants grow to 40–70 cm (16–28 in), with tripinnate leaves that may be curly and small white flowers form small umbels.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 9a
Height 20 - 40
pH 7

Identify my chervil

Common chervil, Anthriscus cerefolium (L.) Hoffm. - is an herbaceous plant of the family Apiaceae, probably native to Russia, cultivated as a condiment for its leaves with a slightly aniseed taste. It is also called cultivated chervil, garden chervil or grass. It is a biennial herb, cultivated as annual, 30 to 60 cm high. The leaves have a long petiole, and are very tender and finely divided. The inflorescence is composed of umbels of white flowers.

Sow my chervil

Sowing is actually a good way to get a good and robust plant. You can sow directly in open soil, starting after the last frosts and until the end of the summer, in light, well-drained soil and not too exposed in the sun. Chervil grows rather quickly: sow regularly! You can sow indoors or in a greenhouse, with a temperature around 18 ° C. You will keep the soil moist for the first weeks, but never soggy - and transplant these plants in open soil after the last frosts.

Thin out my chervil

When your chervil seedlings have some leaves, thin them out to keep only one plant every 10 centimeters, keeping only the strongest ones.

Dibble my chervil

Transplant seedlings sown under shelter to your vegetable garden after the last frosts, choosing the best plants. use well-drained, deep soil with a low clay content. Install the plant very delicately — the roots are still very fragile!

Plant my chervil

Prefer a sheltered situation of full sun and wind. The soil must be well drained to avoid stagnant water: the ideal is a substrate made of potting soil, with an addition of 10% sand. Chervil can be grown indoors, behind a window or on a balcony, in a pot or in a planter: if you want to keep it in pots, replant it immediately after the purchase, in a larger pot - a simple earthenware pot will do. But above all, keep it in the shade - the sun would dry the earth too fast!

Water my chervil

The chervil enjoys regular watering: in case of drought, it would start to make seeds! (And yes, drought means for him late summer, ie the time to think about reproduction!) But it also hates having constantly wet feet. Watch it well!

Mulch my chervil

You can mulch between the plants one to two weeks after planting with the aid of a mulch which holds in moisture. This will limit evaporation from the soil, and thus the need to water and to weed.

Reap my chervil

You can harvest one month to one month and a half after sowing. Cut the leaves as needed, throughout the growing season, at the base of the stem, preferably in the morning for better flavor!

Protect my chervil

At the end of the season, protect your chervil plants, either by bringing them under shelter, or by putting them under a transparent bell to continue the harvest a little longer.

Remove my chervil

The chervil is a biennial: it will give a beautiful harvest of leaves the first season, and afterward mostly seeds! Hence the importance of spreading the seedlings, for a regular harvest. It is possible to harvest some seeds the second year to sow again afterwards!

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