Leafy parsley is probably the most widely used garnish and is easily grown through the season. In our long Canadian winters, look no further than the hardy root varieties for an easily kept and readily available source of that unique parsley flavour! One pkts sows approx. 6 m (20') of row.
Leaf types - Sow seed in several stages every two weeks from May to July - choose a sunny site with average soil. Seed should be sown 6 mm (1/4") deep in rows 40 cm (16") apart. Be patient as parsley seed can take up to three weeks to sprout. To aid in germination of seed and help keep the soil evenly moist, lay burlap over the seedbed - remove as soon as the first seedlings appear. Thin seedlings to 10 cm (4") apart after germination. Keep parsley well weeded, water regularly and lightly feed with a high nitrogen fertilizer several times during the season.
Root types: Germination is hastened by first soaking seeds in water overnight. After soaking, sow seed 6 mm (1/4") deep in rows 40 cm (16") apart. Be patient. root parsley can take up to three weeks to sprout. Lightly mulching the seed bed aids germination. Thin seedlings to 10 cm (4") apart after germination. Keep parsley well weeded and water regularly. Root parsley is extremely hardy - mature roots can easily be kept in the ground in the fall and gradually harvested right though until the ground freezes up. For that matter, throw some straw on the ground right over the plants to delay the ground from freezing and you can harvest the roots well into the winter. One packet sows approximately 6 m (20’) of row.