Advice on growing Parsley

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There is an old legend that says parsley seeds have to go to the Devil and back nine times before they will germinate.

This is said because it is very slow growing and it can take 3 or even 4 weeks for your parsley seeds to sprout so you must keep the faith!

It’s worth persisting with Parsley as it makes the most useful biennial garnishing to be grown by any home kitchen gardener. It’s commonly used to heighten the flavour of numerous dishes like soups, salads, and fish recipes. It is quite hardy once established and easily grown, and responds well to good soil and proper treatment.

The best soil for growing Parsley

Parsley or garden parsley (Petroselinum crispum) Parsley is an annual flowering herb in the family Apiaceae that is native to the central and eastern Mediterranean region and is widely cultivated as an culinary herb, and a vegetable.
The best soil for Parsley is a good, deep, medium loam that has been thoroughly dug and well enriched with manure. Parsley, once established, does well, and if not cut too heavily, will continue to yield steadily until it flowers, after which its value is lost.

All about growing Parsley

Seed for Summer crops should be sown in a low, shady situation. Draw shallow drills, and sow the seed in rows 15 inches apart, covering it with 11ot more than inch of soil. Parsley seed is slow in germinating, and takes from 4 to 5 weeks to come up. It is advisable, therefore, to mark the rows by sowing a few seeds of Radish or Cress at either end so that the rows are quite distinctly indicated, and that the ground can be kept worked and the weeds destroyed without interfering with the places where the seed is planted. When the plants are well above ground, thin out to 12 inches apart in the rows.

Parsley seed may also be sown in an outdoor seed bed, and the seedlings planted out 15 inches apart and 12 inches between the plants in the rows. On particularly good soil allow 18 inches between the rows. Do not permit the plants to crowd at any time. Keep the weeds down and work the soil well. If the ground has been properly prepared in the first place, no fertiliser will be required, but where necessary, liquid cow manure or Nitrate of Soda may be applied occasionally. The plants should be ready for picking about three months after sowing the seed. Pick as required, but never strip the plants right down, and· cut off the flower stalks as they appear to prolong the yield. Parsley must be kept well watered during dry weather.

Parsley Varieties

Two cultivars of parsley exist: a curly leaf type and a flat leaf type. Parsley produces an umbel of tiny flowers and characteristic ribbed seeds. The best sorts are Triple Curled, Dwarf Perfection, and Moss Curled.

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