Monday, February 6, 2012

green finger tips - parsley



Curly Leaf Parsley seedlings germinate

These parsley plants are just forming the first tiny true leaves after about two weeks since germination. You can see them just under the pea plant and to the far left of the picture. Parsley have tiny seeds that need to be planted in shallow drills. The parsley seed germinates readily.



First true Curly Leaf Parsley leaves

Eight days later, the plants are showing all their true leaves. Petroselinum crispum is parsley's botanical name. Parsley is full of nutritional goodness. I use it often on sandwiches, in salads and chopped fresh over almost all dishes. Parsley contains Iron and Vitamins A, B and C. It is useful for hair and skin problems. Parsley counteracts "garlic breath."


Flat leaf Parsley

Flat leaf Parsley has a different flavour to curly leaf. It is well worth growing both varieties.

Growing and picking parsley

I find that parsley likes to compete with itself so i sew a few seedlings next to each and they tend to do better than one seedling on its own. When picking parsley, ensure you snap the stem off at the base so it doesn't become moribund. Remove any growth that gets discoloured or old. Pick parsley often.

Parsley Companion Plants

The best companion plants for parsley are roses, chives, tomatoes and carrots.

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7 comments:

Garden seeds said...

Thanks for the post mate you have written it very well.

jeannine davidoff said...

Thank you garden seeds. Glad you like it. Yours in great gardening

Balcony gardening said...

Great info Jeannine. The chillis, beans and parsely look like they are growing very well. Parsely is great at spreading its seeds. I have never had to buy them, I always find a few plants popping up in pots around the balcony.
Lately ive been placing the left over carrot tops and other green vegetation under the orange tree on the balcony, seems to be liking it.

Alex

Maya Lee said...

Awesome blog. Thanks for the tips.

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jeannine davidoff said...

Thanks Maya Lee. Enjoy your gardening!

Gardening sheds said...

Nice post! These parsley is indeed looks healthy. Happy Gardening!

jeannine davidoff said...

It has grown well, been eating from the parsley plants all summer, getting some fresh ones started for the autumn. enjoy your gardening