By Tammy Sons
Wednesday, September 21
Parsley is an aromatic herb which is used extensively throughout the world as a spice or herb. Parsley is a bright green herbaceous plant which biennial in nature. It is used in garnishing, salads and many other dishes.
The leaves of parsley are dense and curly which makes them ideal for planting in flower bed borders. Apart from growing them outdoors in the garden, you can also grow parsley in containers or pots and keep them inside the house. Parsley grows best in sunny areas that have well- drained soil. Rich and organic soil makes them grow with vigor and cover the area rapidly with bright green color.
Parsley can be cultivated from seeds however, the germination is fairly slow. The initial seedlings that will sprout will look like grass and they’ll take time to grow. Ideally, the parsley plants should be planted at least 10-15 cm apart so that they thrive well.
Water the soil well and do not let it dry down during the growth period as it requires ample watering to grow properly. You can consider applying mulch in light quantity to keep the soil moist so that the roots retain water. Mulching also helps in avoiding the growth of unnecessary weeds. Fertilization is also recommended once or twice during the growing season.
Apart from its ornamental and culinary uses; parsley is also said to have some health benefits. It is rich in Vitamin A and also contains Vitamin C. Parsley is said to have positive effects in improving vision. However, it should not be consumed in large amount by pregnant women.
Some of the common varieties of parsley that are available in the market are Japanese parsley, Hamburg parsley and Italian flat-leaf parsley. You can plant these varieties in your home garden and use fresh supply in cooking.