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How to Grow Parsley

Parsley Herb plant

Biennial, Petroselinum Crispum

Did you know that Parsley is an easy to grow vegetable? That's right, a vegetable! Almost everyone thinks of it as a herb.  It's actually both a vegetable and a herb. We suggest you grow it in a flower garden near the house, or a container, especially if your garden space is limited. By planting it near your house, you can quickly harvest some for cooking, and it will continue to grow well into the fall months.

As a herb, parsley has a mild flavor which is used in a wide variety of recipes. It also is an important garnish, decorating many types of trays and dishes. Kids seem to like to take Parsley garnish, and munch on it.

Did you Know? There is also a vegetable called Hamburg Parsley, which is grown for it's long root to flavor soups and stews. It is an excellent source of vitamins A,C, calcium and iron.

Try growing this herb in a sunny window and enjoy it fresh all winter. We do!

Thought for the Day: If a parsley grower is sued, can you garnish his wages?

Medicinal Benefits and Applications:

Parsley promotes kidney health and helps to control blood pressure.

Growing Parsley Plants:

While Parsley is a biennial, it is often grown as an annual, especially in colder climates.

Plants can be started indoors or out. We suggest you sow these tiny parsley seeds indoors, and let them grow for a few weeks prior to planting outdoors. They transplant easily. And, transplanting affords easy spacing.

Sow seeds thinly. Parsley seeds are so fine, you can sow on top of the soil and just water them in. Germination can take two weeks. Young plants will grow slowly, but steadily.

Parsley can grow in partly shady areas. The soil should be rich. This easy to grow herb, tolerates poor soil and poor drainage. So, you can be put parsley in areas of the garden that other plants do not like.


Parsley herb plants

Begin to pick parsley as soon as the leaves begin to curl and are of sufficient size for your recipe. For best flavor of this mild herb, pick early in the day, when the oils are the strongest.

Tip: Put unused sprigs in a jar, and add an inch of water.  Keep the leaves above the water. Place it in the refrigerator, for later use.

Insects and Pests:

Aphids will infrequently enjoy a meal of your parsley. Aphids have far too many other flowers and vegetables, that they prefer much more.

We recommend tolerating the occasional infestation, rather than using insecticides. Or, try organic sprays.


Parsley is very hardy. Plants that have wintered over in your garden, will begin their growth with the first rays of sun in the spring . New growth begins shortly after the snow has melted. You  can harvest the leaves late into the fall.

Other Uses:

Ancient Romans used sprigs of parsley as garlands on their crowns.

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