Why Not Grow Your Own Parsley?

Parsley Plants

Raised bed parsley. The barrier, is to keep out animals.
Raised bed parsley. The barrier, is to keep out animals.
Parsley in a pot. You do not need to thin the plants that much. I did because I have more outside.
Parsley in a pot. You do not need to thin the plants that much. I did because I have more outside.

A Simple Home Project

It is widely believed that fresh parsley has an enormous amount of health benefits, so why aren’t more people eating it on a regular basis? Maybe because it just isn’t there?

You can grow your own parsley at home, in a medium size pot without too much difficulty. I am not a master gardener by any means, and yet I manage to have plenty of fresh parsley available every day. Here is what you can do.

You can buy the inexpensive seeds at Wal-Mart or most home improvement centers. The curly leaf is probably best for eating as it is not quite as pungent as the flat leaf. But flat leaf will work just as well.

In winter time (depending on where you live) it may be a little hard to find the seed. You may have to wait till spring, if that is the case. Of course there are many places to order seed online all year long.

Fill a pot with dirt. I like to use the inexpensive manure that you can buy for a few dollars per 40 lb. bag.

Sew the seed on top and cover with a layer of dirt about ¼ of an inch. I like to put dead grass as mulch on top, to help keep the dirt moist. It may take a few weeks for the seed to germinate, so do not get in a hurry. Make sure it stays pretty wet. Keep it as warm as possible.

Before long, you will be the proud parent of many baby parsley plants. After they get a few inches tall, you may want to thin them out to maybe a couple of inches per plant.

When they get big enough to pick, snip the sprigs close to the ground. It is amazing how fast the stuff grows back. I think that the more you snip it the more it grows.

I live in Central Florida, so I planted one pot. I placed about 15 or 20 in my raised bed when they got a few inches tall. That thinned out the ones in the pot. So I have some in a pot and some in the ground.

Parsley is a hardy plant and likes the cool weather, so you can set it out in the sun, if the temperature is above freezing. You need to check the moisture every day. My daughter got me a moisture meter that you stick in the pot (or ground) to check the level. I think you can get them at WalMart for under $20.

When it is close to dry, then simply re-water. There is very little maintenance to this plant. If it starts to yellow, you may want to get some Miracle Grow (or the generic equivalent) and fertilize it.

Eating fresh parsley is not difficult. You can put in salads or on a sandwich. I just put it in my mouth and take a bite of whatever I am eating. It tastes rather pleasant actually. Maybe it is an acquired taste, but it just may be a healthy habit worth acquiring.

And it is just that easy! You can grow your own parsley and receive the wonderful health benefits with a minimum of effort and expense.

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