Lovage In Early Spring

Lovage is a tall (6′ or so), shade tolerant, perennial herb in the parsley family.  The taste of lovage is a strong celery flavor that goes well in soups and stews.   I also like it in chicken and tuna dishes and anywhere else you may want to add a celery-like flavor.  Lovage can also be used fresh – it is great in salads including green salads, tuna salads, and potato salad.  Use less lovage than you would celery.  Lovage is easily frozen for later use.

Though plants may not be easy to find, lovage can be started from seed or found in online catalogs if not locally.  Choose a spot with sun to part shade and plenty of room since the plants will reach 3′ or so in width.  Adding compost to the soil when planting will improve the soil and add nutrients.  Adding a cup or so of compost around the plant in the spring should be all the additional fertilizer needed.  Last year was the first year my current lovage bloomed.  Lady bugs appeared to feed and provide pest control for the rest of my garden.



About Beuna, Garden Inspire

As a garden coach, Beuna Tomalino has had the opportunity to help others grow their own food organically. Educated in Ornamental Horticultural from Utah State University and self taught in organic methods and multiple methods of gardening she helps others grow food no matter where they live. Beuna recently released the book Herbs to Know 2: Wild Medicinal & Edible Plants which she co authored with Kathy Wilson, Master Herbalist.

Posted on May 26, 2012, in lovage, shade tolerant herbs and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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