Parsley, one of the most popular herbs, is a favourite in American, European, and Middle Eastern cooking. Its delicious and vibrant taste elevates the flavour of soups, stews and fish recipes. Aside from its many culinary uses, parsley is highly nutritious and has been shown to have many powerful health benefits.
Parsley is a biennial plant that will return to the garden year after year once it is established. Used for pest control in the garden; it attracts beneficial insects too!
How to Grow: Germination is hastened by first soaking the seeds in water overnight. After soaking, sow directly outdoors 6 mm (1/4”) deep in rows 40 cm (16”) apart. Be patient. Parsley takes up to 21 days or more to germinate and 3-5 weeks to emerge from the soil. Keep the seedbed evenly moist to avoid crusting over the soil as this will greatly reduce the number of seedlings that emerge. Seed can also be started 8 weeks early indoors. Since Parsley does not transplant well use individual peat pots to reduce transplant shock.
Transplant: seedlings in the garden to 10 cm (4”) apart after danger of frost has passed. Keep parsley well weeded. One packet sows approximately 6 m (20’) of row.