Do you grow parsley in your kitchen garden? I hope so! It's super easy and can be used in all sorts of recipes or as a garnish. But you need to know how to harvest it.
There's actually two different types of parsley: curly leaf parsley and flat leaf parsley. Most people think flat leaf parsley is stronger and more flavorful than curly leaf parsley. But I love curly leaf parsley for its crunch!
Parsley is a cool season herb in the carrot family and, like parsnips and celery, has a tap root. And this makes parsley a great plant to place in the center of your raised garden bed or in the corners. Parsley can get pretty tall!
Harvesting parsley is very similar to harvesting lettuces or greens. You're going to start with the lower leaves from the outside of the plant. Cut at the base of the plant to include the stem (instead of just cutting the leaves) in order to stimulate more growth from the center of the plant. Remember not to harvest more than 1/3 of the plant at a time.
Also parsley is a biennial plant. It won't go to seed until the second year in the garden. So if the weather in your location doesn't get too cold, your parsley plants will last through the winter. And parsley doesn't seem to have many pest or disease issues, which makes it a great choice for a kitchen garden.
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