Parsley is the most popular and widely grown of all the herbs. It is rich in vitamins and can be used raw as a garnish or in salads. It is so versatile it can even be added to many recipes and sauces during cooking. It is ideal for freezing but as it is such a hardy herb, there is rarely any need to do this. The ideal plant to have on your window sill in your kitchen!
Italian Giant Parsley is a much hardier variety than its curled counterparts, and should withstand most winters (yes, even the UK ones!). It has a vigourous growing habit that germinates easily, producing an aromatic plant with large, bright green plain leaves. It boasts a good strong flavour that is widely used in many dishes and in bouquet garni.
Thinly in peat compost in early spring, cover lightly and do not let dry out. Keep temperature at 20°C and thin when large enough.
In May or June when the ground has warmed and continue sowing until September for a crop into the next year. Sow in shallow drills and cover with fine soil. Germination is slow but keep watering while waiting. Prefers rich moisture retaining soil in semi-shade.
At any time.