How to Grow: Parsley - My First Garden

How to grow Parsley

How to make Quinoa and Parsley Tabouleh

Parsley is a handy little herb to have around as it is easy to grow in a raised garden bed and so versatile. It is a great starter herb for little green thumbs and the whole family will reap the rewards! In fact, there is rarely a savoury dish that can’t be enhanced with some parsley foliage – either as a garnish or a star in its own right. Parsley comes in either the flat-leaf (continental) or curly (Italian) variety and both are well worth growing in your raised garden bed. You can start growing parsley at most times of the year (except the very cold months) and it is generally best grown from seed as it can be a bit temperamental initially and doesn’t handle being relocated very well. Just soak your parsley seeds before planting to speed up germination (which can take up to a month).

What you’ll need
My First Garden
Parsley seeds (whichever variety tickles your fancy)
Quality potting mix
Water
Seaweed solution (like Seasol)

How to grow

  1. Soak seeds overnight before planting
  2. Choose a location with full-sun or semi-shade
  3. Fill your raised garden bed with potting mix, leaving a few centimetres at the top
  4. Scatter your seeds and fill with a little more potting mix
  5. Water occasionally (a little more through summer)
  6. Once your parsley plants have sprouted, feed with a seaweed solution fortnightly to encourage healthy growth
  7. Pick as required and desired!

Aunty Em’s Quinoa and Parsley Tabouleh (A healthy lunch box idea and a great way to use up some of your flourishing herbs)

Ingredients
1 cup quinoa (rinsed well)
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 large cucumber
Punnet of cherry tomatoes halved
2/3 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup mint
2 shallots, thinly sliced

Method

  1. Bring quinoa and 1 1/4 cups of water to the boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. Fluff up with a fork.
  2. Whisk lemon juice, olive oil and garlic together in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add cucumber, tomatoes, herbs and shallots to the quinoa. Drizzle with lemon dressing and toss to coat.

Health benefits
Parsley isn’t just a pretty face and is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, especially vitamin A, vitamin C, folate and iron. Plus, you can try a sprig of parsley as a natural breath freshener!