Organic Parsley Seeds

How To Grow

 

Sowing/Planting Seeds Indoors

 

  • Can be sown indoors using small containers (e.g. empty tin (being careful if sharp edges on tin), a yoghurt/plastic container or similar with holes punched in the bottom for drainage) in rich soil (e.g. compost)

  • Ensure soil drains well – putting a few stones at the bottom of the container, before placing the soil on top of it, will assist drainage

  • Make a small hole with the back of a pen (or alternative) in soil and place seed in, leaving approx. 3cm between seeds. Cover with approx. 1cm of soil and press gently to firm soil around seed

  • Water gently (e.g. to water can use a plastic bottle with small holes punched in the bottle top. Can use thumbtack to punch holes – please exercise caution if using thumbtack)

  • Position somewhere in sun or partial shade

  • Ensure that the soil doesn’t dry out

  • Seeds will germinate after approx. 2 – 4 weeks

  • After approx. 6 weeks, if multiple seedlings have sprouted in each small container, to assist growth, thin them to allow the strongest seedlings to flourish (thinning is removing some plants that are growing too close to each other, to allow strongest plant to grow).

  • To thin – best to identify 2 / 3 of strongest/biggest/healthiest looking seedlings in the group, and use a scissors to cut the ones you want to remove at the base of the plant, just above the soil level

  • To encourage growth and deter pests, feed every 6 – 8 weeks with organic fertiliser (e.g. dried milled seaweed fertiliser, sachets available on sow.ie)
     

Outdoor Sowing Alternative
 

  • Alternatively, it is possible to sow the seeds directly outdoors in rich soil (e.g. compost) that drains well, somewhere in sun or partial shade

  • Again, make a small hole with the back of a pen (or use alternative e.g. stick) in soil and place seed in, leaving approx. 3cm between seeds. Cover with approx. 1cm of soil and press gently to firm soil around seed

  • Water gently (e.g. to water can use a plastic bottle with small holes punched in the bottle top. Can use thumbtack to punch holes – please exercise caution if using thumbtack)

  • Ensure that the soil doesn’t dry out

  • To assist growth, when the seedlings are large enough to handle, thin them to allow for 10cm between plants (thinning is removing some plants that are growing too close to each other or are weaker/smaller, to allow strongest plants to flourish)

  • To thin – best to identify the strongest/biggest/healthiest looking seedling in the group, and use a scissors to cut the ones you want to remove at the base of the plant, just above the soil level

  • To encourage growth and deter pests, feed every 6 – 8 weeks with organic fertiliser (e.g. dried milled seaweed fertiliser, sachets available on sow.ie)

 

Growing Time:

  • Approx. 3 months

 

Harvest

  • Cut the outer leaves of the plant, and enjoy!

 

Tip: Parsley is biennial, so lives for two years! It will grow all year round (just slower in winter). In the plant’s second year, if it produces flowers, cut them off to promote growth of the leaves.

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