Chicory is an amazing plant.
Its young shoots can be used for extinguishing, making one of the best substitutes for coffee from the roots, and with winter forcing they get small tight kochanchiki.
Salad chicory is actively used in European cuisine.
You will need
- Earth, seeds, shovel, water, watering can, fertilizer, dark pantry or cellar.
Promote the earth if its acidity is greaterNeutral. Neutral or alkaline soils do not need liming. In the fall, add 5-8 kg of fresh manure per square meter of the ridge. In autumn liming, simultaneous application of manure is undesirable, in this case it is advisable to abandon it in favor of spring mixing of soil with compost. Be sure to add double superphosphate. All root plants are responsive to phosphate fertilizers.
Make a good drainage layer if you are going toTo grow chicory on heavy clay soils. Stagnant water is disastrous for its roots. He does not like plants and droughts. With insufficient watering, the roots curl, growing small and fibrous. Draw a groove at a distance of 20 cm from each other. Sow the seeds. Very little sprinkle them with earth and pour water of room temperature, putting on the watering can splitter. If irrigation water is too cold, it can lower the temperature of the soil, the seeds will sprout more slowly.
Propolite shoots at the stage of cotyledonous leaves. Chicory Grows not very fast, it can be drowned by suchWeeds, like mokritsa, to conceal, sow. Spending, do not be lazy to pull the weed grass from the root, then it will save you from the need for frequent repeated propolok. When the chicory grows to 4-5 cm, dilute it, leaving a groove in the groove at a distance of 10-15 cm from each other. Thickened planting will not allow growing rhizomes worthy of consumer qualities.
Harvest before sustainableAutumn frosts. Cut off the leaves, and the rhizomes, after washing and cutting, dry on a baking sheet in the oven. When cool, grind them in a coffee grinder - an invigorating drink of pleasant taste for breakfast or lunch is guaranteed.
Use the roots of chicory and for forcing saladKochanchikov. To do this, roots with small "stumps" forming a growth point, shake off the ground, dry it in the shade a little, fold it into sand boxes and put it in a cool place, for example, a cellar. In a few months, prepare the boxes with the earth (enough layer 30-40 cm). Pour it. Plant them in rhizomes chicory "bridge way", densely placing next to each other. Place the boxes in a dark place - a cellar or a pantry, if it is a city apartment. For two weeks, the roots will give dense white heads about the size of 1 to 15 cm. They make a magnificent salad.