Want to add some freshness to your favorite meals? Add some freshly chopped parsley! It goes with almost everything – in salads, sprinkled over dinner or even in smoothies. Guess what? Growing parsley isn’t super hard, you don’t need a backyard, just a pot filled with soil will do – today we’re gonna learn why and how to grow parsley from seed, how to store it and what to make with it later.
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5 Reasons To Grow Parsley
So you might be wondering, why would I even want to grow parsley? Why not just go and buy it from the store? Here are some reasons:
- convenience – have endless parsley supply at home
- you don’t need to buy a big bunch just to throw most of it out – eat as much or as little as you want
- it’s fun and inexpensive
- also, you pretty much control the growing process – no chemicals, nothing but the plant.
Parsley is also an incredibly nutritious and healthy herb. According to Healthline parsley’s rich in the vitamins A, C and K, supports your eye and bone health and can prevent chronic disease.
How To Grow Parsley From SEEDS
- Flatten the soil and sprinkle the parsley seeds 1-2 cm or 1/2 inch apart.
- Add a little bit of soil on top (not too much, because parsley seeds are small!). It’s best to use rich, well-drained soil.
- Then add some water and make sure to keep the soil moist, but not too wet at all times.
Parsley isn’t high maintenance, but if you can keep it in a sunny place, parsley will thank you for it. You can grow parsley indoors or outdoors, in pots in your apartment or in your backyard – wherever you choose, just make sure the soil has enough moisture for the parsley to thrive. A great option here would be to use self watering flowerpots (especially if you forget to water your plants!), they’re perfect for indoor gardening as well.
Another option if you want to grow herbs at home 365d/year is getting a hydroponic indoor herb garden. This product works without soil, only with water and it tells you when to add water, when to add the included plant food and it automatically turns lights on and off. You can find a good one here on Amazon.
Parsley is a herb best consumed fresh. To preserve fresh parsley for longer keep it in the fridge. To make your parsley and other herbs last even longer – use a herb keeper. You can find an affordable herb keeper on Amazon – they keep your herbs fresh for twice as long.
If you don’t want to eat all your parsley in a short amount of time you can preserve it by chopping it small and packing it in an airtight container or a bag in the freezer. Another option would be to dry parsley, you can use this guide and learn how to dry herbs.
How To Use Parsley / Parsley Recipes
Parsley is part of some of my favorite vegetarian meals – like falafels or tabbouleh. Here are some recipes that you can use if you have some parsley to use: