Growing Sweet Cicely
Sweet Cecily is a hardy perennial, and will produce a good crop year after year. It is one of the earliest crops to start growing in spring (and is great for providing nectar to bees if you have any!) and will retain its foliage right through until late autumn. It grows to a height of around 1.2m so bear this in mind when choosing a spot.
Sweet Cecily likes moist, fertile soil in a cool position, and preferably in partial shade – at least out of the sun for the hottest parts of the day. Dig in plenty of well-rotted manure before planting.
Sweet Cicely can be grown from seed, divided, or propagated by root cuttings.
Using Sweet Cicely
The long taproot can be boiled as a vegetable, and the leaves can be added as a natural sugar free sweetener to pies and crumbles – perfect for use with Gooseberries and Rhubarb.