Why parsley is essential to your herb garden
- 6 parsley seed varieties
- Fast growing and an easy-to-grow biennial
- Clean and peppery taste with a touch of earthiness
- A favorite for companion planting with other vegetables
Why parsley is such a popular herb
If vegetables had personality, parsley would definitely be the “foodie” of the bunch. This culinary herb elevates the quality of every dish it garnishes. From roasted vegetables and grilled fish to ancient grains, parsley goes with just about everything. And makes us feel like we’re dining at a five-star restaurant.
But parsley is good for a lot more than garnishing a luxurious dinner. This culinary herb is a vigorous grower and a fabulous companion plant for your other garden vegetables.
Prepare to grow your own parsley plants from seed
Parsley seeds can be direct-seeded after the last frost or started indoors two months before. To seed up the germination process, soak parsley seeds overnight prior to sowing. Multi-sow parsley seeds in a seedling tray and dust seeds with a light covering of soil, as parsley seeds do need a little light to germinate.
If direct seeding parsley seeds, use a walk-behind seeder or sow a pinch of seeds every six to eight inches. After the danger of frost has passed, harden off parsley seedlings and transplant at every eight to ten inches. Choose a site that gets full sun and is comprised of well-draining, nutritious soil. Be sure to water parsley regularly, and pick the young stems often to encourage the plant to send up more shoots.
Companion plants to grow with parsley
Because of its natural ability to deter pests, parsley is an incredible companion plant for a variety of vegetables! Asparagus will have far fewer battles with asparagus beetles with parsley planted nearby. Aphid infestations won’t last long either—parsley attracts beneficial insects, like predatory wasps, that make quick work of this garden nuisance.
This culinary herb packs a nutritional punch too. Rich in vitamins A, C, and E, parsley has anti-inflammatory properties, as well high levels of Vitamin K, which promotes skin, bone, and eye health. Parsley is an excellent addition to salads and soups, or it can be processed with spices and herbs to make delicious pesto or a flavorful green sauce.
The many varieties of parsley
Eden Brothers offers six varieties of parsley, ranging from Italian, a flat-leaf parsley, to Paramount, a curled cultivar. There's even an heirloom variety, Hamburg Rooted, that is grown for its parsnip-like roots.
For more information about planting, growing, and harvesting parsley seeds, see the Parsley Seeds Planting Guide.