Parsley is slow to grow, but it yields a lot, is profitable and brightens up a market table. Here are all the reasons market farmers should consider it.
It is a biennial plant with bright green, feather-like leaves and is in the same family as dill. Here’s how to grow parsley in your own garden. This popular herb is used in sauces, salads, and especially soups, as it lessens the need for salt. Not only is parsley the perfect garnish, it’s also good for you; it’s rich in iron and vitamins A and C.
Steps to Plant Parsley
- For a head start, plant seeds in individual pots indoors 10 to 12 weeks before the last spring frost.
- For better germination, you can soak the seeds overnight.
- Plant the seeds 3 to 4 weeks before the last spring frost because parsley is a slow starter. (The plants can handle the cold weather.)
- It can take up to 3 weeks for the plants to sprout.
- Plant the seeds in moist, rich soil about 6 to 8 inches apart.
- For thinner plants, plant about 6 to 10 inches apart.
- Try to pick an area that is weed-free; that way, you’ll be able to see the parsley sprouting after about 3 weeks.
- You can use a fluorescent light to help the seedlings grow.
- Make sure it remains at least two inches above the leaves at all times. To ensure the best growth, the soil should be around 70ºF.
How we can take care of parsley plant :
- Water Parsley regularly to keep the soil moist but do not let the soil get soggy. Mulching is a good idea to reduce weeds. Use fertilizer at least every four months.
- There are also some dangers of pests when growing Parsley such as aphids, spiders, and mites, but make sure to use organic/ chemical-free insecticidal soap.
- To store Parsley, dry or freeze it. This can be done by cutting the stalks above ground level. The development will be hindered if Parsley stalks are cut near the top.
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