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Parsley contains many vitamins and is easy to grow. The plant is quite hardy, but the leaves on young plants are tastier, and therefore parsley is usually grown as an annual. There are two main types, the more regularly seen curly parsley often used as a garnish, and flat leafed parsley which is easier to clean, less chewy, and has a stronger flavour.

Parsley seed is sown in early spring indoors, or outdoors when the soil warms. It is a relatively small plant and suits being grown in pots. Watering regularly will prevent the leaves becoming chewy.


Class: Annual
Size: Regular
Hybrid: No
Planting: February-May
Harvesting: June-October

Planning what to grow? See the allotment planner and record keeper.