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Growing parsley in home gardens

Quick facts

  • Parsley grows best in well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter.
  • Direct seeding is the easiest way to start parsley.
  • Parsley is an easy herb to grow indoors.
  • Water deeply at least once a week.
  • Harvest parsley by snipping off the stalks close to the ground, beginning with the outside stalks.
  • Fresh parsley has the best quality.

Common parsley, Petroselinum crispum, is a member of the carrot family (Apiaceae). It is common as a garnish or as a flavoring in many dishes and salads. The curly varieties also make a nice addition to most gardens, planted with other herbaceous plants or used in a border. Native to the Mediterranean area, parsley has a biennial life cycle. Gardeners usually grow it as an annual in our region, because the plants often die during cold winters.

Soil pH and fertility

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Selecting plants

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Planting

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How to keep your parsley healthy and productive

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Reviewed in 2018

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