How to Grow Parsley and Other Herbs
The best time to plant parsley is early spring, but don’t plant it too early. The danger of frost can kill the plants, or they may be stunted by frost damage. So, it’s best to plant parsley as late as possible in the fall or winter. A good rule of thumb is to plant one seed per cell in a plug tray. You can also plant parsley indoors in seedling trays.
You can plant seeds about 11 weeks before the last frost date. Choose soil that is 70 degrees and place them in a warm spot. If you’re having trouble sprouting parsley seeds, try placing a potted plant under a fluorescent light four inches away from the soil. This will help the seeds germinate faster. If you’re planting seeds indoors, keep them evenly moist during the development period. If you don’t have a window, put the seedlings near a sunny window and check them frequently.
While planting parsley in pots, it’s important to keep the soil evenly moist. Soil must be no more than one inch deep, and it needs to be amended before planting. The soil should be well-drained, with no large patches of dry soil. Make sure that watering your plants regularly doesn’t damage their roots. You can keep the soil damp and weed-free by covering the containers with plastic lids or tin foil.
Parsley seeds are notorious for having low germination rates, and it can take six to eight weeks for them to emerge. To improve the chances of a quick and easy harvest, make sure you soak the seeds overnight and sow them at least one eighth of an inch deep. When you’re planting parsley in containers, it’s best to thin them once the seedlings are about 2 or three inches tall. If they’re too tall, you can transplant them to another location.
Parsley is an annual plant, and the stems should be harvested at the end of the growing season. You can store the leaves for later use in two ways. First, you can freeze the dried parsley stems and store them in a glass of water. You can also freeze them for longer storage. When you’re finished using them, they’ll keep for years and will continue to smell fresh. A little parsley goes a long way in the kitchen, so keep it dry.
Once the seedlings have matured, you can transplant them into the garden. The best time to transplant parsley is early spring. It’s best to plant it when the soil temperature is between 50 degrees and sixty degrees Fahrenheit. If you’re growing it in containers, it’s best to provide shelter from wind and drafts. Depending on your planting space, the seeds need to be deep enough for proper drainage. In order to avoid a watered garden, use a potting medium that holds water.