How To Grow Your Own Parsley
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|Tue, 09-18-2007 - 2:50pm|
Parsley is a hardy biennial herb that grows to a height of 40cm. Because it grows very slowly from seed, it is more convenient to purchase seedlings or small plants from your local garden centre. These can be replanted at any time of the year.
To propagate your own sow seeds in spring. Depending on the viability and freshness of the seed they germinate in 1 tot 2 weeks.
Plant seedlings in rich, deep soil in full sun or semi-shade. It is advisable to plant a new plant every 12 to 16 weeks, to ensure a constant supply for your kitchen.
Two to four established parsley plants is sufficient for a family of four.
Containers for growing parsley should be at least 30cm deep. Use a good commercial potting mixture. Don’t re-pot your parsley. Rather replace with young plants once a year.
You can also keep a few parsley plants indoors. Make sure they get some sun and they will grow happily indoors for up to 8 weeks.
When harvesting always use the outer leaves and cut the stems off close to the ground. Remove discoloured (yellow) leaves and flowers immediately.
Parsley is no good dried but if you want to harvest for drying, you can use the whole plant, excluding the middle two or three leaves. In this way the remainder of the plant will quickly re-grow.
If your whole parsley plant starts turning yellow, it is suffering from malnutrition. Feed immediately with a good quality, balanced, natural fertilizer.