Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Parsley

I sowed this last year as an afterthought more than  anything else. If I remember correctly I was sowing a long line of coriander & had an open seed packet of parsley amongst the packets I picked up. I sprinkled a few seeds of parsley & this is what I got. I already had a patch of parsley in the garde in a far more convenient location.

It was only after I cleared the bed the other week I realised what a nice healthy patch it had become. As parsley has a long tap root it grows far better in the ground rather than a pot. Though I suppose if you had a big enough or rather deep enough pot it would be happy. As I now have two nice patches of flat leaved parsley I might try some curly parsley too.

I'm in the process of planning a herb garden. Most of the herbs I grow are in pots apart from a few which are in the ground. We have a bay window in the kitchen which has always been a bit of a pain for me as the sink is in it along with some units. Being only 5 ft tall I can't open the kitchen window without help, the help being a step or the much taller Mike, Rob ( who is rather inconveniently away at uni most of the year so is no help), I shall be making much use of Harry in a year too.

Anyway Mike is going to remove the bay window so there will be a flat run of units there. This also gives me a bit more space outside. I'm planning a bench under the window & extending the brick bed for herbs, roses & dahlias.

Enjoy your day

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  1. Your changes sound exciting! I look forward to seeing how you get on. I must go and have a look and see if my parsley is still going from last year! xx

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    1. It's nice to have a pan in mind. Keeps me going, I hope you find your parsley.

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  2. Ooh lots of plans, this really is an exciting time of year.

    Talking of herbs I need to get mine settled into the old tin bath, near to the conservatory for last minute nipping out and picking moments. I've found once you start to use fresh herbs in your cooking it's very hard to stop and go back to purely dried versions.

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    1. Is it the same tin bath you grew your salad bits in last year? I bet it would make a lovely container for your herbs.

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    2. It is. There are lots more holes in the bottom now, in fact it's almost falling apart underneath but I just couldn't leave it behind when we moved. I think it will be great for herbs, and so handy near the house.

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  3. A herb garden like you have planned sounds ideal. Flighty xx

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    1. Yes, I'm rather looking forward to it. I will be taking the measurements & do some scribblings soon.

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  4. Herbs are something I've never really bothered growing, but I started a modest herb collection last year, so I'd like to add to it this year. I think a bay window in your kitchen sounds lovely, but so does the extra space outside.

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    1. I rather like herbs I want to dry some later on n the year too. the bay window has always been a pain for me being so short.

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  5. Sounds like a lovely plan for your new bit of outside space. I'm planning to grow more herbs this year too.

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    1. I've oodles to sow, I quite fancy a proper herb patch.

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  6. I sowed parsley four weeks ago, but they are not germinating yet. This is my first experience. I don't know why. The expire date is march 2015. Is parsley adaptable in part shady area?

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    1. I'm sure it can be grown in part shade. It can take an age to germinate so with a bit of luck you should be fine.

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  7. lovely post I have a pot of parsley in our tilly room must make some more herb pots up or area near the back door

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    1. Thanks, I'm planning on sowing some herbs shortly.

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  8. Always nice to find something unexpected like this.

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    1. It is, everywhere else is mostly soil.

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  9. We have a very healthy tub of curly parsley in our cold greenhouse to save in from being battered and it has grown much better than that on the plot. It is in a deep tub though.

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    1. I might grow some in tubs for keeping in the greenhouse next winter. I can't see us having two mild ones on the run. I normally keep my tarragon in the greenhouse over the winter but I forgot to put it away last year.

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    2. I grow a row outside on the plot but like to have some herbs to hand at home to use fresh which is why they are grown in tubs etc..

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  10. I have started transplanting all of my herbs into large ceramic pots that I can move about, that way they don’t take up valuable planting beds. Sounds like you will be having some nice changes made.

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    1. I do have some in tubs like tarragon for example.

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  11. I didn't know that about the parsley roots...that's probably where I have been going wrong...now I know what to do to rectify it...great parsley here I come!!!

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    1. I had a plant in a trough once & it struggled. Mine tends to romp away in the ground.

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  12. Your herb garden sounds like it is going to be just lovely! As spring approaches here I am planning what is going where as well...I have a small area for vegetable gardening as I grow most of my big veggies at my dads. Best wishes and your parsley looks wonderful! I add it to everything I make! I look forward to journeying along with you! Nicole

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    1. I'm hoping it is, I'm planning to leave the roses until autumn so I can buy some bare root ones. However a trip to David Austin's is on the cards at the height of the rose growing season so no doubt I shall come away with a couple. Thanks & thanks for joining.

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  13. I don't know how anyone manages without fresh herbs from the garden! Before I started growing veg, I grew herbs. At one time I had over 50 different ones! They have good VSR because they take up little space, and are expensive to buy.

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    1. They are horrendously expensive in the supermarkets for such tiny packets too. We use them quite a lot so I like to have quite a selection. I've ordered some new to us herbs seeds so that will be another post.

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  14. Hello! I've popped over when I saw you were now following my blog. I've been expanding my flower gardens each summer, but keep thinking about growing some herbs. Perhaps this year is the year to bite the bullet so to speak! So nice to see green things actually growing outside already over there ;) Wendy x

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  15. Looking forward to seeing the changes in your kitchen! I grow my own veg, and have rosemary and thyme, but always thoguht parsely, mint etc were so invasive I've never planted them other than in a pot ... I fancy having a parlsey patch though, so think i'll give it a try! Thanks for sharing

    Love Claire xxx

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