Whether you have a small garden or a large balcony you may enjoy the pleasure of having your own parsley culture because you can learn how to cultivate it. If you are interested in the idea of always having fresh parsley all you need is a pot with wide mouth, some herb seeds and a bag of topsoil. It’s a very simple and a very pleasant way to have your own source of parsley at home. It is always fresh, green and chemical free.
Herb Seeds Grown Organically
Cultivating parsley is one of the simplest occupations!
This herb is a biennial aromatic plant. It is a general tonic, a powerful antioxidant and a purifier for the body. It is rich in vitamins, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, copper, amino acid and chlorophyll. The one which is grown in pots can have exceptional flavor if you follow few steps that will ensure optimal conditions for the plant.
Parsley seeds can be sown directly into the pot from early March until August.
The germination period is relatively long, so that the first shoots appear after two or three weeks. There is a solution for stimulating the germination: soak the seeds in water for a few hours before sowing them.
The seeds should be planted about 1 inch deep and they should be evenly distributed over the surface. Cover them with a thin layer of finely ground, possibly strained or mixed with clean sand.
Parsley germinates at a temperature between 5 and 20ºC . The plant is very resistant to low temperatures, but it can hardly bear frost.
A pot with 5 inch diameter, but taller, is suitable for growing this aromatic plant. It can sit on the kitchen windowsill, but in a place that does not get direct sunlight, parsley preferring a relatively shaded spot.
It should be watered constantly and the soil from the pot should not be allowed to completely dry again, because the leaves will soon turn yellow and the harvest will be compromised.
You will have fresh parsley for 4-7 months, depending on the soil quality, the intake of light and the quality of seeds.
The leaves can be harvested in about a month after sowing. If you pick the leaves in the first period, parsley bush will thicken and it will be not only useful but also decorative.
Parsley (officially named crispum) is a part of the carrot family and is native to southern Europe, being used by the Romans and Greeks as a medicinal plant. Parsley grown under organic conditions (which is something you can easily do, in the garden or in pots) is very rich in vitamins A, C and B, contains calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium and iodine, and a number of unique antioxidants with antitumor properties.