A low biennial plant that grows to a width of about 20 centimeters, it has a strong flavor and is used both raw and cooked. Barberry is a hardy plant that stays green even during the winter and does best in the shade. In hot weather, it quickly blooms and stings. It can be grown in combination with higher types of vegetables or as a bed border.
It is grown all year round
Barberry is grown in fertile soil that retains moisture. In spring, we sow seeds for early summer harvest, and at the end of summer for autumn harvest and wintering. In winter, barberry can be grown in unheated greenhouses. We sow the seeds directly on the bed and spread them to 15 centimeters. We grow transplants in seed containers. We harvest the leaves about 7 weeks after sowing, when they are about 10 centimeters long. If we let a few plants go to seed in the spring, they can be sown freely and the obtained transplants can be transplanted.
A weed, but a favorite
Barborka spreads very quickly not only by seeding, but also by root growths. This is especially true when we try to get rid of it as a weed and pull it out of the flower bed or lawn. As a weed, barberry is not annoying or harmful, it is even useful in that it attracts pollinating insects to the garden. Barborka thrives in the shade or semi-shade, the plant will not grow too much in a sunny and dry place.
It is also medicinal
Barborka is used in fresh salads or in heat-treated dishes in the manner of cabbage. It can also be added to soups in the form of chopped fennel. Cooking softens the taste of barberry. The plant has medicinal effects: It improves appetite, dehydrates, supplies us with vitamins, especially vitamin C, and its leaves serve as an improvised plaster for small wounds. Barborka can be sown in the spring until May.