How To Grow Parsley: An Easy-To-Follow Guideline For Gardener
Who hasn’t tried or used parsley in their food at one time or another? Surely we all have. It can be added to many meals, mixed with different foods, and, above all, it is very healthy. So why not try growing it yourself? It is very easy and if you keep reading you will come to realize it yourself.
Parsley is a tropical plant, an herb originating from the Mediterranean, and it is most commonly used as a spice. Parsley goes way back to ancient times, to ancient Greek, where it was used for both medicinal and nutritional purposes. Parsley has been known to man for over 2,000 years and has been cultivated just as long. It is very small, light, easy to handle, and easy to grow. Even though it can be found at the market throughout the year, it is always best to grow your herbs and vegetables, because that way you know exactly what you are eating, where it came from, and that it is completely natural and not treated with any harmful chemicals.
Why Should You Grow Parsley?
Parsley is full of vitamins – A, K, C, E, B6, B12 etc., antioxidants, iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and is excellent at relieving gastrointestinal issues. It also has anti-diabetic properties, it strengthens your immune system, and it is effective against rheumatoid arthritis. You can grow your own and stock up on this useful herb in no time. Just follow the simple steps explained below.
What Will You Need To Grow Parsley?
- A garden or a pot/container – parsley can be grown either in your garden outside, among your other plants and vegetables or in some kind of container or a pot, which you can put wherever there is some light (on a windowsill for example).
- Good soil – you will need a well-turned soil, very light, airy, moist and rich with nutrients.
- Seeds, which can be bought at the market or in a store.
- Trowel – to dig holes for the seeds.
- Watering can – to water your parsley. Alternatively, you can set up a drip irrigation system. If you think you will not be able to water your parsley regularly, then the best thing is to set up a drip system to make sure it gets enough water.
As you can see, you don’t need a lot of things or tools for growing parsley. Now we will go through the steps of growing it, and you will see that the preparation and the whole process are also very simple and straightforward. So let’s get planting!
1. Choosing The Best Type Of Parsley
Parsley generally comes in two main types – curly-leaf (P. Crispum) and flat-leaf (Neapolitanum), which is also called Italian parsley. Flat-leaf is more common among both cooks and gardeners because it has a stronger flavor and is easier to grow and cultivate. It is more tolerant and less demanding. Curly-leaf is more appealing and looks great if you want to use it as a garnish for your food and dishes. They are both edible, tasty and have a mild flavor, so whichever you choose you cannot go wrong. It depends on your personal preferences and your planting conditions.
2. Where And How To Plant It?
As was previously mentioned, you can grow parsley in a garden or in a pot. If you choose to grow it in a garden, there are also a few possibilities. You can choose to grow it separately, on a different plot from where your other plants, herbs or vegetables are, or you can plant it among the existing ones, somewhere in the garden that you already have.
Tip: Parsley works well as a companion plant. If you plant it next to your roses, if you have them, parsley will give them a stronger fragrance and aroma. It will also enhance their health and sturdiness. It will have a similarly beneficial influence on corn, tomatoes, and asparagus. They will grow better and healthier together.
Since parsley is relatively low-maintenance and tolerant, you can also grow it in a pot, or some similar container. You can put the potted parsley either outdoors or indoors, but just make sure it gets at least partial sunlight. For example, if you choose to keep it inside your house, you can put it near a window or on a windowsill that is facing east. This way, it will receive the morning sunlight, and that is all the light it will need. In order to gain more light, you can also grow it outside on a green roof and make it a part of your green roof project.
3. Prepare The Soil And Provide The Best-Growing Conditions
Parsley has small roots, so the best kind of soil for it is a light, airy one. The roots will attach and grow better in it. You should make sure it well-turned and moist enough, as well as that its pH level is between 6 and 7, it shouldn’t be too basic. To get a soil that is rich in nutrients, you can mix it with compost – the ideal would be to have 50 percent of soil and 50 percent of compost.
When it comes to other outside conditions, it was already mentioned how adaptable and tolerant parsley is. It doesn’t need a lot of sunlight – it can grow successfully in both full and partially sunny areas. Parsley is also drought-tolerant, which means it doesn’t need a lot of watering. But this doesn’t mean you can leave it and forget about it. It still needs to be watered regularly, just not as much as some other, more demanding plants. It is enough to water them once a week.
4. How To Prepare And Plant Your Seeds?
Before you plant your seeds there are a couple of things you can do to encourage their growth. Put your seeds in a cup of warm (not hot) water with just a little bit of dish soap, and let them soak for about an hour. This will soften them and help them grow faster. Then rinse them and put them in a cup of clean warm water where they should soak for about 24 hours. After that, just dry them well and they are ready to be planted.
Now you can dig the holes with a small trowel where you will put the seeds. Ideally, you should plant your seeds at the very beginning of spring, after all the frost has gone. Luckily, you won’t have to dig deep holes since the seeds only need to be covered with half an inch of soil. The spacing between the rows of parsley should be around 10 inches.
All you have to do now is cultivate it, water it regularly, watch out for the weeds and soon you will have your very own parsley.
Now you have seen how easy it is to grow parsley. With the information and step-to-step explanations above you can surely do it yourself. Not only will you enrich the flavors of your dishes but you will also keep yourself stronger and healthier.
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