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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


Selecting plants




How to keep your parsley healthy and productive


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