Parsley is one of the more widely used herbs, it is sometimes seen as simply a garnish, however it is actually very good for you. Unlike most herbs, Parsley is prefers a little afternoon shade, and even dappled light, depending on the type and the climate.
This is a plant can be grown in the ornamental garden as well if desired.
Growing either variety in the home garden is not difficult so why not grow a little of both.
Difference between Italian and Curly Parsley
The man differences are:
- The curly leaf variety is stronger tasting and needs more shade and moisture. (pictured right) .
- The flat leaf variety or ‘Italian Parsley’ . This has a slightly milder taste and is a little easier to grow.
Both types prefer good soil with lots of compost dug in, some added cow manure and your efforts to grow Parsley are well on the way to being successful.
Step By Step
- Choose the right position for you chosen variety.
- Prepare the soil by weeding and adding extra compost and cow manure.
- Plant the seedings and water in well with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
- Keep the plants moist at all times.
- In containers or pots, use a good quality potting mix, again with a little added compost.
- If you are keen to adjust the soils ph to ideal, try a ph of 6.0 -7.0 as a range
We use a liquid seaweed fertiliser every few weeks and some vermicaste tea from the worn farm when available.
How to Growing Parsley from seed
All parsley is grown from seed as once it seeds it dies, seedlings found for sale in most nurseries are the easiest option. In the home garden it can be grown from seed sown directly into the ground or into pots or from seedlings.
When growing from seed, sow the seed and be patient, as the seed takes a while to germinate. Seed can be ‘scarified’ to hasten the process. Pour so boiling water over the seed and leave over night and plant directly the next day.
Parsley can be harvested with a pair of scissors, just remember to leave some leaves so the plant can regrow.
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Growing parsley indoors.
In Australia this is not really necessary unless you just do not have space outside. In which case you could look a sunny window sill. Good morning sun is best as the hot afternoon sun through a window can be very drying and even burn the leaves.
The real trick is to use a deep pot, as we mentioned parsley likes to send down a long tap root. The other factor is regular watering, if drys and then you water and let it dry again it will tend to go to seed, so a constant moisture level is best. This is especially true when growing indoors in a pot as they do tend to dry out.