Parsley is hardy to cold but sensitive to heat. It thrives
under much the same temperature conditions as kale, lettuce, and
spinach. If given a little protection, it may be carried over
winter through most of the North.
Parsley thrives on any good soil. As the plant is delicate
during its early stages of growth, however, the land should be
mellow. Parsley seeds are small and germinate slowly. Soaking in
water overnight hastens the germination. In the North, it is a
good plan to sow the seeds indoors and transplant the plants to
the garden, thereby getting a crop before hot weather. In the
South, it is usually possible to sow the seed directly in drills.
For the fall crop in the North, row seeding is also practiced.
After seeding, it is well to lay a board over the row for a few
days until the first seedlings appear. After its removal
day-to-day watering will insure germination of as many seeds as
possible. Parsley rows should be 14 to 16 inches apart, with the
plants 4 to 6 inches apart in the rows. A few feet will supply the
family, and a few plants transplanted to the cold-frame in the
autumn will give a supply during early spring.
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