How to Grow Parsley Indoors
Do you crave fresh parsley for your cooking?
Welcome back to Herb Mondays. Herb Monday is our series on how to grow herbs in your very own home. Last week, we learned about growing mint in How to Grow Mint At Home.
I love cooking for my family. There is something about creating a dish and then watching your family enjoy it. When I’m cooking, I prefer to use fresh herb. During this time of year, I’m moving my herb garden indoors. One of my favorite home grown herbs is parsley. It is so easy to grow in containers that can flourish indoors or out.
Growing your very own herb garden does not happen overnight and there is some preparation for it. First, you have to choose the right container for parsley because according to GardeningKnowHow, parsley has a “long tap root”. Backyardgardener tells us to use a container that is:
“a pot approximately 6 to 10 inches across, and 18 inches deep to accommodate the deep roots of the plant.”
Location, Location, Location
Once you’ve chosen your pot, it is time to choose the location in your home. The kitchen is a great spot because of the humidity in the air from cooking is just perfect for parsley. Another tip is to pick a south facing window so it can receive 8-10 hours of light.
Parsley loves rich, well-drained soil. You can plant parsley by sprinkling seeds and then covering those seeds with about a ¼ of an inch of more soil. Go ahead and plant more than you need, once your plants start to sprout you can trim them down.
You want to keep that soil moist without it being soggy. The best way that I have found to do this is by using the Rootstick. Rootsticks deliver water directing to the plants roots causing the roots to grow into the soil, creating stronger roots and more durable plants.
The time has come when your parsley is ready for your famous mashed potatoes. You’ll know that parsley is ready to harvest when the leaves are large enough for you to use. Start with the outside plants, using scissors to trim the leaves and stems. You can store fresh parsley for up to 2 weeks in a plastic bag in the fridge.
I hope you enjoy your fresh parsley as much as I do. Do you have tips on growing parsley? We’d love to hear them.