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How to Grow Parsley: Every Kitchen’s Essential Herb

In this month’s Food Gardening Magazine, you get everything you need to know about planting parsley, growing parsley, and harvesting parsley—and, ultimately, your parsley plant care will determine just how bountiful your parsley garden is!

We’ve got you covered from planting through harvesting and cooking! We have all the tips for growing parsley you need to reap from your garden parsley that is fresh and flavorful. Learn about the best parsley growing tips to save you time and deliver you a bountiful and healthful harvest.

You’ll learn about growing curly parsley, planting parsley indoors, and growing parsley outdoors. Plus, growing parsley in pots, growing parsley from cuttings, and all about parsley germination time. And if it’s growing Italian parsley or growing flat leaf parsley that interests you, we cover all of that too!

This gardening guide about growing parsley is your #1 guide for being the best parsley grower you can be! You should refer to this gardening guide whenever you have questions about your parsley garden—from planning to planting parsley and from maintaining and nurturing to harvesting and reaping the rewards in your kitchen.

First, you get a complete Introduction to Parsley—including the history and background of this humble herb. Did you know Greek legend holds that parsley sprang up where the blood of the Greek hero Archemorus was spilled after he was devoured by serpents? Or that ancient Romans were mystified by the secret powers of parsley, too? Romans would wear garlands of parsley on their heads during feasts to ward off the possibility of intoxication.

Get all the facts and history about this powerful herb now!

Then, you get Feature Articles about Parsley that include:

  • A Word About Choosing Varieties of Parsley—answer these four key questions about your goals for growing parsley, to help decide which types of parsley plants are best for you and your garden.
  • Starting Your Parsley Plants from Seeds or Seedlings—should you start your parsley plants from seeds … or from seedlings? What are the advantages and disadvantages to both methods for growing parsley? Get all the answers now, to help get your parsley garden started.
  • Growing Parsley Indoors, in Open Land, in Raised Beds, or in Containers—learn how to grow parsley indoors, all year long. Get rules for plant spacing if you’re growing parsley in your open garden—and guidance about making your edible parsley also decorative when edging your raised beds with it. Plus, tips about growing parsley in containers!
  • Starting with the Right Soil for Your Parsley Plants—what pH range is best for the soil when growing parsley? What about fertilizer—is it needed for parsley plants? And what number one consideration should decide the type of soil needed for healthy parsley plants? Get all the answers now!
  • The Right Sunlight for Your Parsley Plants—how many hours of sunlight a day is optimal for growing parsley? Is there a sunlight-requirement difference between young and mature plants? What are some easy ways to control sunlight amounts for your parsley? Find out how to ensure your parsley plants get plenty—and not too much—sun when you read this article now.
  • Watering Your Parsley Plants—parsley watering can be one of the trickiest parts of maintaining healthy parsley plants. Get guidelines for ensuring proper levels of moisture for your parsley plants. Can you over-water parsley? Read this article for the skinny on best parsley watering techniques!
  • How to Spot, Treat, and Prevent Parsley-Plant Diseases—fungal and bacterial infections are not uncommon for parsley plants. Find out about the two most common—and natural—remedies for averting fungi and bacteria on your parsley. And get details on two proven techniques for treating afflicted parsley plants. All in this article now!
  • What to Do About Pests that can Harm Your Parsley Plants—aphids and a variety of caterpillars are parsley’s biggest pest threats. Learn how to spot, treat, and avoid these critters in your parsley garden—when you read this article now.
  • Essential Tools and Equipment for Growing and Enjoying Parsley—from garden tools to kitchen tools, get the full list of parsley-gardening essentials when you read this article now—much of this advice applies to lots of other plants in your garden, too!

Next, this premium gardening guide highlights the top four parsley varieties to help you choose which you might want to grow—parsley doesn’t have tons of different varieties, so this advice should help you quickly decide what type of parsley is right for your garden:


And all your parsley-gardening efforts are made more satisfying when you have quick and easy-to-make recipes, to ensure your harvest can provide maximum enjoyment to everyone you serve at your home. Food Gardening Network is all about providing easy recipes for making delicious dishes. Try these recipes and enjoy your parsley harvest:


Next, you’ll learn all about the health benefits of parsley with Nutrition Facts about Parsley and Home Remedies & Health Benefits of Parsley. Learn how adding parsley to dishes can make them tastier and boost your health.

And to be sure you have everything you need for growing parsley, we’ve included a Resources about Parsley section—so that you can easily find additional tools and information about parsley.

Finally, our Parsley Glossary section gives you the explanation of key parsley-gardening terms and concepts—so, you’re never in the dark or confused about important parsley-gardening ideas.

Check out this premium gardening guide now—How to Grow Parsley: Every Kitchen’s Essential Herb—and you’ll really learn everything you need to know about parsley!

Norann Oleson, Victoria Arnold, and Samantha Pulcherz contributed to the creation of this gardening guide.


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