Caring for Your Parsley Herbs
Parsley herbs are one of the most popular herbs used in cooking. The plant is mostly grown in cooler places, but can be found in cuisines all over the world. Growing it can be a problem. This is because parsley seeds do not germinate as easily or quickly as other herbs, and require extremely rich soil to grow. However, once it begins to grow, the parsley plant does not need too much attention.
This is the most important requirement for parsley plants. This multi-purpose herb requires extremely rich and well dug soil that will not dry out soon or often. The full sun is ideal for parsley herbs, but they can even grow well in partial sun if the soil is good.
Watering Parsley Plants
You must water the parsley herb regularly when planted outside. Usually, an inch of water a week from a sprinkler or from rain is required until the plant is established. If the soil is rich, has a good amount of organic matter and you mulch the plant, you won't need to water as often. Watering will be required only if it hasn’t rained for one or two weeks. However, if the soil is poor and has very little organic content, you will have to water your parsley herbs every sunny day until they are established.
Mulching Parsley Plants
Usually this herb is affected by competing weeds, making it important to mulch parsley. Mulching the plant keeps weeds from growing and also helps in retaining water. You can mulch the parsley by spreading organic material like hay, straw or chopped leaves on the soil when the plant around 6 inches tall. This layer should be about 2 to 4 inches thick. Combining peat moss with coarser materials like shredded paper and chopped leaves also makes a good mulch to keep parsley growing without any problems.
Fertilizing Parsley Plants
The parsley plant is known to be a heavy feeder. This means that even if it's planted in rich soil, it may still need a supplement fertilizer. Before planting parsley seeds or seedlings, include some kind of slow-acting all-purpose granular fertilizer in the soil. This will provide the plant with consistent and steady nutrition all through the season.
You will also have to spray diluted liquid fertilizer on the parsley foliage if the soil is poor. Alternatively, you can use plant tonic once in a month to ensure healthy growth of the plant. This herb plant does not suffer from disease or pests, but is sometimes attacked by greenfly. Spraying the plant with derris is an ideal preventive measure for these kinds of problems.
These tips can help you care for your parsley plant in the right way. If followed carefully, you will be lucky enough to pick fresh parsley from your garden and use it whenever you want.