Growing Chive Herbs In Your Pots
When starting a horse pasture, there are many beneficial reasons for planting Chicory seeds. Chicory is a slow-growing perennial that is ideal for a horse pasture. It produces large quantities of very attractive leaves in the summer. Although Chicory does have a strong taproot, it is more susceptible to being damaged and affected by heavy foot traffic, overgrazing, and too much moisture.
Frost thaw and severe frost can destroy a healthy horse pasture. It is important that horse owners take action in order to protect their animals from these harsh winter conditions. With cold winter temperatures and wet soil, chinch bugs, black flies, and other pests can develop. Preventative steps such as planting chicory seeds indoors in early spring can prevent these pests from damaging your herd. Also, as frost is setting in, plant your seeds indoors so that they have time to germinate and begin producing their edible leaves.
Chicory is an excellent choice for beginning a range of perennial vegetables. It is a hardy perennial that thrives in cool weather. The slow growing chicory seeds can mature in just one growing season, providing continuous yield throughout the year. Chicory is versatile as well, being used in pies, breads, stews, beans, rice, sauces and soups. Chicory is also an excellent choice for growing chicory berries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and gooseberries.
When purchasing your seed packets, look for those marked "beginner's pack" or "intermediate's pack." These contain all the necessary materials to get you going in your first year of growing chicory. All you will need for late summer and early fall is adequate soil, a hand tiller for planting, some perennial flowers such as clematis, lupine and rue, a few bushes or woody shrubs for shade and support, a few chives, and a flower seed or two.
There are two different types of chives: wild and domestic. Wild chives were originally grown in France before making their way home to America. These are not the same as the chicory seeds used for indoor planting. The domestic variety is used for the highest quality culinary recipes and has been for hundreds of years.
Landscape gardens can benefit from cultivating chicory plants for the following reasons. First, there are specific weeds that do very well in association with chicory seeds. Weeds of this family include dandelion, crabgrass, and even rutabaga. The weeds that do not do well with chicory seeds are fennel, rocket, phlox, and lamb's ear. Other gardeners find that the leaves of the plant provide valuable protection against birds, bees, raccoons, rodents, and even coyotes.
A second reason that using chicory seeds for the landscape appeals is the fact that these plants are easy to grow. They love full sunlight but can tolerate partial shade as well. If the area that you live in does not get more than 600 hours of sunlight per year, you are in the right zone. If you don't, you should place the plant in a partially shaded area. Chicory is so easy to care for that you could actually start a family with two children and a vegetable garden. All you need to do is water the plant once a week and watch your harvest come in.
The main thing that is different about the chicory plant, other than its size, is that it produces little or no flower seeds. This is because the underground stems of the plant store up food for the growing season. As a result, you will see no new growth during that time. If you want your perennial flower seeds to come up, all you have to do is transfer the young shoots into a small pot. Over the following summer, the small pot will become a bed of chicory and you will be able to harvest your young chicory plants.