Plain leaved Parsley has an intense flavour which is stronger than the curled varieties. It is therefore a popular herb to use as a garnish for fish and meat dishes or to flavour casseroles and soups as part of a bouquet garni.
Although slow to germinate, once the seedlings have appeared, parsley is a low maintenance herb and regular harvesting will encourage new growth all year round.
|When to Sow||Sow indoors from late February, outdoors from late March through to July.|
|Where to Sow||Best sown direct into final growing position, either in a bed or container.|
|Sow 1.25cm (1/2in deep) , 15cm (6in) apart, preferably in a partially shaded location.|
|Parsley seeds will germinate best in warm soil and when a temperature of 18-21C (65-70F) is maintained until after germination.|
|Keep compost moist at all times but do not overwater.|
|If sowing early in the season outside, protect from any late frost.|
|What to do Next||For seedlings sown indoors , harden off for 7 to 10 days before moving outside.|
|Keep well watered and weed free.|
|At the first sign of flower heads appearing, remove them if you wish to continue harvesting the leaves.|
|Parsley in pots can be brought inside during Autumn ( before first frosts) to prolong the harvesting period.|
|Harvest||Harvest in 12 - 14 weeks after sowing in first year, and all year round in second year.|
|Handy Tips||Germination can be slow , therefore soak seed in lukewarm water overnight before sowing to speed this up.|
|If at any time the leaves turn a little yellow, cut back to encourage new growth and feed with a liquid fertilizer.|
|Harvest whole stems 2cm above the soil to encourage new growth.|
|Parsley is biennial and will require replacing after the second season once it begins to flower and produce seed.|
|Companion Planting||Asparagus, Tomato and Basil|
|Nutritional Information||Packed with vitamins A, B and C as well as calcium, magnesium, sodium and essential fatty acids.|
|Serving Suggestion||Decorative as a garnish for fish and meat dishes, and in salads, soups, sauces and casseroles.|
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