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|Seed Depth||Seed Spacing||Soil Temp for Germ.||Days to Germ.||Thin Plants To||Approximately 350 seeds per gram.|
|1/4″||2-3 per inch||50-75°F||12-28||8-10″|
Petroselinum crispum: Parsley's vitamin K content merits it a focal place at the table rather than its familiar status as a mere garnish. With over 155% DV of vitamin K packed in just 2 tablespoons, it's a potent source of nutrition, but its health benefits don't end there. It's also rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, and vitamins A and C.
CULTURE: Parsley likes rich soil with lots of nitrogen.
TO DIRECT SOW: If the parsley bed was manured the previous fall, no additional fertilizer is needed. If no manure was applied, the following works well: make a shallow furrow about 4 inches deep and band 1 cup per 5 row feet of blood meal in the bottom of the furrow. Composted chicken manure also works well. Cover and fill in the furrow. Sow and cover seeds. Rows can be 12-18 inches apart. The seeds must stay wet during this time. Thinning is recommended.
FOR TRANSPLANTS: Start seed in flats or individual pots. Keep moist and follow the fertilizer and spacing tips above.
INSECTS/PESTS: Almost nonexistent in a healthy garden.
DISEASE: Relatively disease-free.
HARVEST: Cut individual sprigs as needed from the outside edges of the plants. For drying, cut all but the center growth. Quick dry the leaves in a food dehydrator, then store in an airtight container in the dark.
SEED SPECS: Minimum germination standard: 65%. Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding; subtract 20-25 days if transplanting. Usual seed life: 2 years.
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Flat leaf Italian Parsley
Jul 15, 2014 | By Debra
I soaked my seeds for 24 hours and planted them in May . These seeds germinated well, better than any parsley I have grown in 30 years. The stalks are sturdy and regrow well after cutting. It has a nice dark color and sweet parsley taste.