Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium ) has been a popular culinary and medicinal herb since before the times of the Roman Empire. However recently, it seems to be out of favor. To bad , it has a lot going for it …. it’s delicate anise flavor adds depth to a green salad, also it is part of the French herb combination ” Fines Herbes” used as a herb base for many culinary masterpieces. This short lived annual is easy to grow, can be harvested all year and self seeds readily, so keep a moist partial shade area of your herb garden reserved for a Chervil corner.
This “semievergreen” hardy perennial can be harvested year round on Vancouver Island.
Not only is this plant deer resistant, but it is listed as an aromatic herb that Repels deer!
That’s quite a claim !
Check out what the Sonoma County Master Gardener’s have to say about discouraging deer using aromatic herbs at:
Lemon thyme (Thymus x citrodorus) grows well in a sunny garden location or as part of container herb garden. Small flowers arrive in the summer and attract lots of bees.
Lemon thyme is an excellent culinary variety and combines well with chicken, fish and vegetarian dishes. In addition to having a wonderful flavor, the leaves of lemon thyme are excellent source of iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, selenium, and potassium. Lemon thyme also contains Vitamins C, A and B-6.
Lemon thyme dries well and the left over woody stems can be laid over charcoal when barbecuing to flavor the smoke.
Chives were a favorite culinary herb in China as long ago as 3,000 BC and are still a popular culinary herb all over the world. Chives are often used as companion plants for carrots, roses, grapes and tomatoes to deter pests. Chive flowers can be used to produce colorful and flavorful vinegar. Honey bees, bumble bees, and native pollinators also love chive flowers.
If you are thinking of growing your own culinary herbs Chives would be a good first choice. Easy to grow in a garden or a pot, easy to use and perennial.
Here is wonderful on-line resource for BC herb growers. I find this herb growing calendar by a local BC seed supplier very useful. Herb Planting Chart
This is a picture of the calendula bed 1 month later, ready for the first of many flower harvests. Note the small Arbutus ( Arbutus menziesii ) tree hanging over the fence in the top right of the photo stretching for the sun.
This time of year seed collection is added to my farm work day things to do list. These Sweet Cicely seeds are not mature enough to collect yet, but they sure taste good !
Anyone who has tried to start herb plants from seed quickly finds out that some are easy to germinate but some can be quite difficult ! Special tricks are sometimes required to mimic nature such as cooling the seed for a period of time called stratification or mechanically disrupting the seed coat a process called scarification. Fire, the digestive tracts of various animals,humidity,temperature and light levels can also play a role. If you are having difficulty germinating a specific seed, this resource my help you, it is information from an out of print “Thompson & Morgan Successful Seed Raising Guide” and it appears to be quite detailed. http://www.backyardgardener.com/tm1.html
Well am off to work to see if any new plants have germinated last night.