Parsley

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Petroselinum crispum

Persil    Parsley   Perejil   Petersilie

Crop Rotation Group :Umbelliferae (Carrot and root family)parsley

Soil :Any average, well drained soil enriched with compost.

Position : Full sun

Frost tolerant : Hardy only to about 10 degrees F, though winter mulches or cloches can enhance cold tolerance. Where winters are mild, parsley can be sown in fall and grown through winter.


Companionage

Helps: Asparagus, corn/maize, tomatoes
Helped by:
Apple, asparagus, rose
Avoid:
Alliums, lettuce
Attracts:
Swallowtail Butterflies, wasps, flies
Repels: 


 Plantation

Sow and Plant :Sow seeds in early spring, and keep moist. Parsley germinates slowly. Or, start with young purchased plants. Take care not to disturb the roots when transplanting parsley.

Germination:  13-21 days

Spacing : Single Plants: 5″ (15cm) each way; Rows: 3″ (10cm) with 9″ (25cm) row gap

Feeding : Drench plants with a water soluble organic plant food monthly.


Harvesting :Gather sprigs as needed in the kitchen. Gather stems for drying in early summer.

Yield per 10ft of row: 1lbs

Time to harvest: 80-100days


Troubleshooting :Colorful parsley worms sometimes eat parsley leaves. Root rot is common in elderly, winter-weary plants. Sacrificially attracts insects that predate upon tomatoes

Notes :Try both curled and flat-leafed or Italian parsley, which has stronger flavour. Plants that survive winter will bloom first thing in spring.