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Growing parsley from seed.

18 December 2009 18:39:44
Parsley in tunnel

Parsley in tunnel

Parsley [Petroselinum crispum] is usually treated as an annual,the seeds can be slow to germinate,may take up to between 4-6 weeks so it is a good idea to soak the seeds for 24 hours in warm water before sowing them.Sow them in March for summer use and you can sow them again in midsummer for winter use.Plant should be thinned to about 15-20 cm apart once they are large enough to handle.Parsley prefers moderately rich well drained soil,in sun or a little shade.Parsley will grow up to 36-50 cm high.Leaves can be harvested when plants are over 15 cm tall.Another fight again carrot fly is by mixing a little parsley with the carrot seed at sowing.The scent of the parsley is not to well liked by carrot fly.

Plans for tomorrow in the garden will be fixed straight to the tunnel again where the final job in the preparing of the ground will be attacked.The right hand side of the tunnel will be left like a blank canvas and ready for sowing now that the upper section was finally finished earlier in the week.The beds have been lowered and every last inch of the place will be used for growing something or another.Weather will not hold up the job [i hope] with some of the snow expected to pay a visit here over the weekend.The temp, is just gone below -2.The greenhouse was checked to make sure the Christmas potatoes were well wrapped up.

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fran m fran m 18 December 2009 20:01:00

John, I take it that you can sow the seed indoors a little earlier, if keeping the seed tray indoors, till ready for thinning/planting out.

Johnplotman Johnplotman 18 December 2009 20:07:58

You can for sure to speed things up Fran.The way parsley like to go down is in mid spring with no heat.Then you can plant outdoors in late Spring.

Ternie Ternie 18 December 2009 20:24:44

Parsley sounds good, John, but we usually cultivate another kind of parsley, and use it in salads and soups. Yummm! :))


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