Growing Parsley – Discover How to Grow Parsley
An essential herb, used widely insauces and in salads, parsley is easily grown although it is sometimes slow to germinate from seed. Re-sow it annually if self-sown seedlings do not appear. Most seed catalogues list several varieties, but there is little to choose between them from the culinary point of view.
Sow a few seeds in spring at a depth of 12-20 mm (½-¾ in) where the plants are to grow, and thin out later to space the plants 200-250 mm (8-10 in) apart. The should be enriched with compost in autumn or winter and allowed to settle. It needs to be free-draining, and the plants should be watered in dry weather. Parsley prefers a sunny or lightly shaded site.
Plants can be lifted into the greenhouse to continue growth during the winter. Parsley should be in 15-20cm (6-8in) pots.
Harvest as required when the plants are large enough. Cutting back the plants in autumn and covering them with cloches may provide leaves for winter use.
Soil: Good, rich
Harvest: As required