Lemon melissa a very common and well-known plant. Many housewives use it for salting for the winter: cucumbers with lemon balm become strong and crispy.
Lemon melissa very easy to care for and does not require any specific conditions for itself: this plant can grow in one place for up to 10 years. It is usually grown from seeds or seedlings. Sowing is carried out in the spring, when the weather is warm, or in the fall before winter. In this case, it is desirable that the soil be nutritious and loose, preferably with a neutral pH.
Since lemon balm seeds are very small, it is not advisable to deepen them greatly - by a maximum of 1 cm. Otherwise, you can even scatter them on the surface of the garden bed. Seedlings are planted somewhere at the end of May, when the seedlings reach 5-10 cm.
Lemon balm is considered drought tolerant plant... But with a lack of moisture, especially at the beginning of plant growth, the yield can drop significantly: the quality of the leaves deteriorates, and the lower leaves die off. With high soil moisture, there is a possibility of developing diseases.
Lemon balm responds well for feeding... Usually, a complex mineral fertilizer is used for these purposes, but you can also use folk remedies - a solution of mullein, bird droppings or an infusion of herbs.
Lemon balm is harvested before flowering. The leaves and the top are cut off, which are then either dried in a well-ventilated area, or consumed fresh.