How to Grow Parsley – A Guide to Growing Parsley
There are two main types of parsley, flat leaved and curly leaved. It is thought that due to the similarity between flat leaved parsley and the poisonous weed fool’s or dog parsley (a member of the hemlock family) the curly leaved varieties were developed .
Parsley will happily grow in a pot on your windowsill so it can be used throughout the year.
Varieties of Parsley
There are two main types of parsley, flat leaved and curly leaved.
The flat leaved varieties of parsley (often referred to as French or Italian parsley) tend to have a stronger flavour than the curly leaved varieties .
Amongst the most popular varieties of curly leaved parsley are Favorit and Moss Curled .
Pests and Problems with Parsley
Parsley is generally trouble free although it can be difficult to germinate.
As parsley is slow to germinate it is best started off indoors.
Sow thinly in small pots or modules and once the seedlings are large enough to handle, move one seedling per 10 cm (4 inch) pot. Be careful not to overwater as this can cause the seedlings to rot off.
Once established they can be either kept in the pot on a windowsill, in a container on the patio or planted directly into the garden in a sunny or partial shady position.
Although parsley is a biennial plant, it is usually grown as an annual because it bolts to seed so quickly in the second year
You can pick parsley when needed but if keeping parsley for the second year pick frequently to deter the plant from flowering and bolting.
Eating & Storing Parsley
Parsley is mainly used as a garnish or a flavouring herb, but it is delicious added to celery for a soup and can also be deep fried and served as a separate vegetable.
Parsley is suitable for freezing.
Parsley is rich in many vital vitamins, including Vitamin C.