Now is the time to sow parsley seeds. I have bought a seed tray, I have compost in the shed and I'm ready to plant them. Parsley takes a notoriously long time to germinate. I expect to have a surfeit of seedlings that I'll pot up and give to friends.
Everyone likes parsley. Not only does it add appeal to a cooked dish, it is bursting full of vitamins and minerals and keeps on growing until the autumn.
I managed to keep parsley alive for its two-year lifespan in a pot on my windowsill once and generally had enough to use when needed. No parsley now, but I have a pot of mint still alive, which is the only thing that has survived the rigors of this winter.
Lovage needs an extended, hard cold season to thrive, Casimira. You can just forget about it!
The traditional time for planting parsley is Good Friday, why, I know not. There's the saying that it takes so long to germinate because it has to go to the devil and return three times. I suspect these Christian-related superstitions are outgrowths of something much older.
On a practical basis, here is a good tip for germinating parsley: put the seeds you're going to use in a shallow dish & pour hot -- almost boiling -- water over them. When the water is cool, pour it all off, then plant the seeds.
Whenever you soak any seeds, get rid of the soaking water. It contains anti-sprouting elements that occur on the seed naturally. If you pour that water on the place you've planted the seeds, you are undoing what you did with the soaking period.
Welle, basil isn't very happy below 45°F/8°C. It could have dipped below that one night long enough to do in the basil. Also, I've had basil from nurseries -- not started by me from seed -- just up & die for no reason I could determine.
My grandmother told me there was an Irish priest in our town who grow beautiful roses. Whenever anyone asked him for the secret, he would tell them the usual stuff about deep watering, manure, etc. Then she caught him one day cursing them in Gaelic.
I think I had fennel growing in my garden last season. I took a packet of mixed herb seeds and planted them in a flower bed that I had not yet decided what to plant in, so i threw this packet ofseeds and had tons of different herbs, being the retard that I am, I really hardly knew one from the other.
*I know I am not a retard, but sometimes it feels like that as I learn to grow my own veggies and herbs.
"Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies." [br]— Nelson Mandela
You must have a green thumb! I hope some of those herbs reseeded themselves.
I like the taste & look of fennel. I had an herb gardening friend with exquisite taste who used to grow yellow-gold colored calendula together with bronze fennel. Talk about a great combination of colors and textures!
Yeah -- I actually pulled up lots of rocket & put it in the compost. I think the reseeded stuff is more robust than the original plants from seed -- like it's acclimated or something.
Whenever my grandmother got basil from the garden, she'd take whatever excess there was after seasoning the food & stuff it into little plastic medicine bottles. Then, in the winter time she always had some fairly fresh-tasting basil to use.
It's now approximately 10 weeks since I sowed my parsley seeds in a seed tray. Hundreds germinated. This week I planted out 48 seedlings which show their first 'true' leaves. Unfortunately there was a mighty thunder storm yesterday and rain came down in sheets followed by huge hailstones. My little seedlings are unbowed but their compost is soaking. I hope it dries out in the sun or they will rot. When I transplanted them I noticed how very long their roots were....far more developed (of course) than their leaves.