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Growing your own parsley - my freezer is full of it!
Member Name: karlsm93
Advantages: Very very easy to grow, freeze it and it will do you all year through
I am coming to the end of my reviews of the herbs that we grow in our garden, that even I can get involved in, and I am not green fingered in the slightest. One herb that we have had every year, and in fact although it doesn't keep all year round outside, can be frozen and therefore used all year round, is parsley.
Parsley can easily be grown in either a pot of in the ground. We have always grown it in a pot with great success. This is a herb that doesn't come every year like some others, and therefore it is necessary to either get a new herb plant on a yearly basis, or go for the much cheaper option of growing your own from seed, which we do. Sowing parsley is usually down around Spring time, with it being able to be used around the start of the summer, although this year has been so poor weather wise that are plant isn't quite ready yet, but should be in the next couple of weeks. The great thing about the parsley is that is lasts right through the Autumn, when you can then chuck it in the compost heap. Some people keep their parsley on their windowsill, thus extending its life into the harsh winter months.
Parsley, like most of the other herbs that we grow in our garden does not require much work, which is why I can get involved as well! Regular watering and some liquid plant food is ample to keep it in its prime. Ensure you soil is rich and there really shouldn't be many difficulties growing it. Sometimes you will notice a few of the leaves getting a little yellow, and these should be discarded rather than being used.
There are a couple of varities of parsley, however the one that we have always grown is the 'moss curled' variety, which is easily recognised by its frilly looking leaves. You also get a flat leaved non frilly variety called 'plain leaved'.
Unlike some herbs that we grow Parsely is not really one that dries well, and so we always take in handfuls, chop it up finely using special herb scissors, cross cut using ordinary scissors, or even use a pestle and mortar and then put it into little freezer bags to keep us going through the months when we don't have it fresh in the gardeb - thus we end up with a supply of parsley all year round, never having to buy it. Last summer, for the first time, I also tried (with success) making some parsely butter and freezing it. I found this exceptionally useful, when I could just take it out of the freezer and leave it to melt over some freshly boiled baby potatoes - yum yum. We don't have a huge freezer though, and one of the our trays is usually completely full of parsley, so if you want a year round supply make sure you have the room to store it!
I find parsley to be a particularly useful herb. I use it, as I said, over baby potatoes with butter, I use it in sauces, in risotto dishes and very often in soups.
All in all, again if you are wanting to get in on the 'grow your own' culture that seems to be thriving in these economically challenging times, then growing your own herbs such as parsley is a great way to get started.
Summary: An easy herb to grow
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