How to grow Parsley

How to grow Parsley

There's nothing like fresh parsley right from you're own garden. Parsley is a intriguing plant that has a great history behind it. Parsley is associated with myths, magic, holidays, celebrations and a bunch of other things. Some historians credit Charles the Great for making this herb popular in the Middle Ages. Parsley has been cultivated for over 2000 years and originated in the Mediterranean region. Rock celery in ancient Greek is a biannual grown in many gardens as a annual. This herb is a hardy cold weather crop that is easy to grow and overwinter. Parsley has a deep root system often a double root tap, they can grow in containers of garden almost year-round depending on the region. Parsley is grown around the at huge commercial volumes to window boxes for many reasons and needs culinary, cultural, medicinal. Is a biennial grown as an annual.

 

Plant and go 
Petroselinum crispum
Depth: ½"  Spacing: 2-3"  Row: 12-24" Temp: 45-75F
Germ: 7-12 days Sun: Full/ 6-8 hrs pH: 6.0-7.0 Harvest: 8-10/90-100 days
Soil: well drained Container: 12x12" Fertilizer: 10-10-10 Fert Freq: 3-4 wks
 
Companion plant: Carrots
Details
Parsley is easy to grow and care for but needs more organic material then other herbs usually need. Start by fertilizer or compost into a container that’s a minimum 8x10 or where you plant it sow. Clear any natural obstructions from the soil. Parsley has a deep root system that ranges from 6 to 15 inches. Parsley likes 6+ hours of full sunlight. Parsley can tolerate partial shade as well; taste and foliage development may be affected. It can be transplanted but the taproot is very sensitive to and does not like to be disturbed, potable pots could be a option. Sow seeds 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Parsley is a slow starter; germination can be tricky because the sprouting rate is low and likes warmer temperatures. Sow seeds in bunches of 3-4 at ¼ inches deep a few inches apart., rows at 12-18 inches apart. Keep soil moist during this part of the growth cycle. Thin parsley then seedlings are 2-3 inches tall, spacing goal is 12-16 inches apart. To thin, cut the stem off at the soil level, slowing getting rid of the struggling seedlings. If you’re growing indoors, you can transplant 2-4 weeks before the last frost. Parsley is particular about its temperatures 50-70F and can tolerate lower temperatures for and overwinter with mulch and coverage depending on region. Water regularly to keep soil moist and not flooded especially if you’re growing in a container. Water recommendations are 1-2 inches per week, maybe more for containers. Try not to let the plant dry out. Fertilizer is not generally needed but will benefit from a half-strength 5-10-10 formula during the growing stage, and once a month or so later. Keep an eye out for pests, water regularly and wait for the plant to mature so you can harvest.
Harvest
Parsley is ready to harvest 70-90 days after sowing. It’s best to wait until the plant is 6 inches tall and has at least 3 segments. Harvest by snipping the stalk close to the soil, start with the outside and work in talking only a few at a time or just the leaves. Harvesting encourages more growth, try to harvest regularly instead as needed.
Tip
Parsley can tolerate low temperatures of 20F if it’s insulated and prepared for overwintering depending on the region, they are biennials. 
Fun fact
Tallest parsley on record is 8 feet 4 inches tall grown by Tina Klien of Camrose, Alberta, Canada September 9, 2017
Conclusion 
Growing parsley is a fun and easy way to get started in your gardening journey. With a little patience, seeds or clippings you can grow this herb almost anywhere. 
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