of the most popular herbs used in cooking is parsley. Parsley
is not only easy to grow but also has great ornamental appeal.
As well as this, Parsley is reknown for its health benefits
and is commonly used after meals as a natural mouth freshener.
With so many attributes, and the fact that parsley is easy
to grow, parsley is an essential for any garden.
Parsley is a small, compact herb, which grows to about 25cm
high. The foliage has the appearance of clumps of ruffled
fern-like leaves and the plant is very hardy. Parsley can
handle very hot conditions right through to cold and frosty
When planting into a pot, choose a sunny, warm position. It
is important to use a pot large enough to satisfy the water
demands of parsley, so the pot should be about 25-30cm wide.
If you choose a smaller pot, you will need to water very often
as parsley does like regular watering. By far it is easier
to use the larger choice of pot.
Fill the pot with a premium potting mix. Searles® Herb &
Vegetable Mix is ideal for parsley. It is a specially
designed mix for herbs and vegetables in pots and contains
many added benefits which ensure strong, healthy plant growth.
Parsley will need watering about 2-3 times per week. If parsley
runs out of water, it will let you know by wilting. However,
as soon as you rewater, in no time it will be standing back
A trick with parsley is that they do not like to sit in saucers,
where the mix in the bottom of the pot is constantly wet,
so position the pot onto some pot holders, bricks or timber
which will allow free drainage.
To fertilise parsley, use SeaMax® Fish & Kelp, which
is a fully organic fertiliser. SeaMax® Fish & Kelp contains both fish and seaweed fertilisers plus trace elements
and minerals, and promotes marvellous healthy growth with
deep green foliage. Fertilising parsley is a must as you will
probably be constantly taking prunings for your meals, so
they need the extra food for new growth. Apply fertiliser
once a week for strong growth.
Parsley can be harvested at anytime and is great in most cooking
applications. In fact, the constant harvesting of foliage
keeps the plant regenerating new growth. They grow back very
fast and prolifically. A tip is to always leave some leaves
on the plant after harvesting as it will need some foliage
to regrow more.
So, grow your own herbs today with Searles and remember to
use Searles® Herb & Vegetable Mix and fertilise
with SeaMax® Fish & Kelp.
Happy Gardening with Searles from the Searle family.
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