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Each of us has heard of such a plant as sorrel. For many, it is associated with delicious aromatic green borscht. For many, this is the dish that first comes to mind when the word sorrel sounds. Experienced hostesses know that this is far from the only dish where this ingredient is used.
The green product gives a pleasant sourness to salads, soups and other dishes from our menu. Is it difficult to grow sorrel, is it picky, or does it not give gardeners any extra hassle?
The importance of alternating vegetables
Experienced gardeners know that when planting seeds, you need to take into account a number of important factors that affect the success of the harvest. Some plants and roots are incompatible in nature, one can oppress the other. Do not forget about the condition of the soil before planting a new crop.
Attention! After plants with long roots, a plant with a small, short root system should be planted in this place. So the soil will recover and not deteriorate.
If plants affected by diseases were grown on the ground, then it is better to plant plants that are "immune" to these diseases and parasites on such a segment. Few crops can be planted in the same place from season to season.like potatoes or strawberries, they grow on the same soil for years.
Basic Neighborhood Rules for Sour Green Plant
Sorrel is a real paradise for lazy gardeners, because with it there is very little hassle. To sow it, it is enough to choose a slightly shady place, but there should be no water there, otherwise the sorrel will flood. Strong sun exposure is also contraindicated for the plant, or the fox will wither and turn brown. A plot with spreading shade, moderately sunny and moderately humid - ideal for growing sorrel.
You can plant sorrel anywhere, it will successfully take root with almost any plant. The best neighbors of sorrel will be berry crops, including currants, gooseberries and raspberries. They create a pleasant shade for the sorrel, which helps the berry fruits become juicier and tastier, putting its powerful root system into action.
Sorrel, growing in one place, can produce leaves for more than 4 years in a row. After that, it is recommended to change the place. This plant feeds on microelements from the ground at a certain level, this feature allows it to produce crops for several years in a row.
Sorrel belongs to the buckwheat family, and it is not recommended to plant related families in one place, this leads to soil depletion, plant diseases and a poor harvest.
Important! Do not plant sorrel only in the place where any greenery has grown for a long time.
After sorrel, the next year, you can sow any vegetable crops. The most successful ones will take root: radishes, radishes, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers. These crops are not related to sorrel and will give a full harvest on this soil.
- Radish. Due to the fact that after the sorrel the acidity of the earth increases significantly, the radish will feel good in this soil. This vegetable from the cabbage family will perfectly take root in the ground, after a long stay of sorrel on it, and the acid will saturate the fruits with useful microelements.
- Radish. Just like radish, radish belongs to the cabbage family, which means it is well suited for planting after sorrel. The conditions for growing sorrel are also satisfactory for radishes; a moderately shady and sunny area is also suitable for sowing radishes.
- Cucumbers. Plants from the pumpkin family can be planted after sorrel, but before that it is worth equalizing the acidity of the earth. Experienced gardeners are advised to fertilize such soil with wood ash and slaked lime, so the land will become more suitable for growing cucumbers. The harvest will be rich, and the fruits are juicy and without bitterness.
- Tomatoes. The nightshade family cannot be planted only after plants from the same family, for example, tomatoes cannot be planted after potatoes and peppers. Sick of the same diseases, vegetables will give a poor harvest, or even stop growing altogether. The place, "heated" by sorrel, is very much to the liking of tomatoes.
- Pepper. After sorrel, you can safely plant bell peppers, it, like tomatoes, belongs to nightshade crops. The pepper harvest will be really noble and successful. The minerals after the sorrel will perfectly saturate the pepper seeds and help them germinate.
Plants from the same family, that is, buckwheat, cannot be planted in the place of sorrel. These mainly include perennial grasses such as mountaineer. Plants of the same family, planted for several years in a row on the same soil, start to hurt and create an unhealthy crop. And you can not plant sorrel where any greens gave seeds for a long time, for example, parsnips, spinach, dill, and parsley.
The rest of the plants will take root perfectly after sorrel, you just have to thoroughly weed and moisten the soil. It is advised to add mineral fertilizers to the soil, and also, if you want to get rid of the acidity of the earth, fertilize it with dolomite flour in the spring.
To grow sour greens, it is enough to choose a place moderate in terms of conditions, where buckwheat did not grow before. The land should be sufficiently moistened, but not flooded, and also get rid of weeds.
Reference! Sorrel is not at all fastidious by nature and every person, not even a gardener, can independently grow it on his land plot.
Sorrel can produce a good harvest on the same land for up to 4 years in a row. Grow it right and it will delight you with its sourness in delicious dishes on the dinner table.