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Matures in 90 days
Planting companions: Broccoli, cabbage family, ...
Unsuitable companions: Carrot, lettuce, potato, broad bean, tomato, strawberry, ...
Also known as lovage
This robust plant with cut leaves and hollow stems has a taste reminiscent of celery and parsley. It is a large perennial (zone 3 and +) measuring over a meter and a half in height and is entirely edible. It is easy to cultivate as it adapts to most conditions but prefers rich and moist soils. It typically lives between 8 and 20 years.
Sow lovage seeds to a depth of about ¼'' directly in the garden in August if you remember, or you can also do it in May when the soil has become sufficiently malleable for seed sowing. Thin out your seedlings to space your plants about 24'' apart.
Consider placing it in the background (behind others) in your flower bed to avoid shading other varieties due to its large size.
Choose a location with well-drained soil, preferably in partial shade. Although it adapts to various growing environments, mulch the base of the plants to retain soil moisture. Once the plant is well-established, you can divide it to propagate or share with friends.
Harvest fresh lovage leaves as needed to flavor your dishes or use it as you would normally use celery (in soups, salads, or as a soup herb). Its hollow stem can also be an ecological alternative to replace straws, for example, in vegetable juice or a Bloody Mary! You can also preserve the dried or frozen leaves; they will retain their delightful fragrance.
Before winter, you can cut the stems above the ground to provide additional protection against frost.
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