Petroselinum crispum var. neapolitanum AGM
Flat-leaved parsley
Type/Hardiness Herb, Biennial, Hardy
Flowering period April-June
Height 18-24in/50-60cm
Light preference Part shade
Soil preference Any, moist
Sowing time/depth Spring, 0.5in/12mm
Sow wherever you have spare ground that retains moisture and provides some shade and you will have an almost continual supply of this verstile, vitamin C-packed herb throughout most of the year. A ridiculously simple, refreshing and healthy salad idea: finely chop a large handful of parsley and mix with grated carrot, a desertspoonful of roasted sesame seeds, a squeeze of lemon or lime juice, salt and pepper.

N.B. It is possible that there could be some variation in leaf type, since curly-leaved parsley also grows in the garden.

Sowing and/or growing instructions
Flat leaved parsley seems to germinate more readily than curly leaved parsley and to be less fussy about moisture and shade requirements, although adequate watering and some shade are beneficial. I have never found it necessary to soak the seed in hot water, as is often recommended. Direct sow 0.5in/12mm deep (parsley needs darkness and moisture to germinate reliably) in autumn or spring, either in rows in the vegetable patch or dot around the garden, thinning to a foot or so apart. Pinch or cut out flowering stems when the plants are relatively young, but if you wish, allow them to develop flowers and self-seed later in the year.
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