Growing parsley is a must, even for the beginning gardener. It’s easy to grow and provides ornamental value as well as great flavoring for your foods.
All parsley needs to flourish is full sun (partial shade is okay in very hot areas) along with light, well-drained soil. It makes a wonderful addition to hanging baskets or along the edges of flowerbeds.
In most areas, you'll need to pot up a plant or two to bring indoors if you want to have parsley throughout the winter months.
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Parsley is grown from seed, but requires some patience as it can take from 14 to 28 days or more for the seeds to germinate. Plant indoors during the winter to speed up production, then move seedlings to the garden when they are 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) tall.
Give them fertile soil and good spacing to encourage air circulation.
Many gardeners grow parsley outside during the summer and inside in a cool sunny location during the winter.
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Parsley is easy to grow in full sun to partial shade. Its shallow roots require plenty of water, and it should be organically fertilized regularly throughout the growing season.
To encourage production of better leaves, remove flower heads as they appear .
Parsley can be harvested as needed as soon as the plants start growing vigorously. The best leaves are the ones picked before the plant flowers.
If you do not allow flowering, you should have delicious parsley all season.
Parsley can be used fresh or dried, and the leaves can even be frozen, but most people prefer the flavor of fresh parsley.
Fresh parsley leaves can be stored in the refrigerator in plastic bags for about a week. To dry the leaves, tie bouquets of parsley with string and hang upside down or lay the leaves on screens.
Parsley seeds are good for about a year.
The following pests and diseases have been known to affect the success of growing Parsley. For more information about preventing and controlling them, see Organic Garden Pest Control.
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