All about savory, a refined and easy aromatic
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The savory is an aromatic plant narrow-leafed very fragrant. It is found in its wild form all around the Mediterranean. And it grows almost everywhere.
The savory is a shrubby plant very easy to cultivate. Its leaves are used cooking or medicine. Its scent and aromas are close to those of theoregano or marjoram. Our practical tips will help novice and experienced gardeners to successfully grow savory in their garden and on their terrace.
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Planting the savory
Savory appreciates clean soil and not too heavy so the full sun. In the wild, it grows in the bush. We will install it directly south on well prepared land without risk of stagnant water. Dig a hole wider than deep. Immerse the mound if it is desiccated before installing it in the planting hole. Tamp and water well. If your land is heavy, lighten it with garden potting soil, avoiding acidic soil. Allow a distance of 40 cm between each foot. Strain the soil with plant fibers to prevent grass encroachment.
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The savory in pot
Savory lends itself to pot culture on a window sill, in a tray or a planter. Lay a layer of gravels in the bottom of the pot, add some mold, Then savory. Tamp lightly and water well. Be careful of the drainage of the pot or tray, essential for the savory grows properly.
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Size and maintenance of the savory
Savory is pruning in the spring lightly if you want to keep a harmonious shape on your feet. Otherwise the savory can be quite grown without particular size. Harvest the flowers from spring and leaves, all year round.
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Watering and savory fertilizer
The marjoram is used to dry land and sun of the Mediterranean regions. Water the plant only when needed, during the first year of planting if the soil is too dry. Check the earth that should not crackle, a good hoeing and mulching may allow to space the possible watering.
Diseases and parasites affecting savory
Savory is not very sensitive to diseases and parasites. Just watch out for stagnant water that can rot its roots.
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To know about savory
The name savory comes from Latin satyrus, (satyr) is related to his alleged aphrodisiac powers. Savory was even forbidden in the Middle Ages, in the monasteries !
The varieties of savory to choose
There are many varieties of savory. To vary from the classic savory, install a foot of lemon savory, delicious with fish or savory mountains very very fragrant. The creepy savory is very melliferous and interesting to cover an embankment.
Gardener's tip on the savory
To keep the savory harvested for a long time, form bouquets. Once dry, wipe them in airtight boxes. Mix the savory with thyme, rosemary and marjoram for an exquisite blend.