How to Grow Parsley in the Garden | Reader's Digest

How to Grow Parsley in the Garden

The versatile Hamburg parsley is a great addition to any garden.

By Lisa Thomas from Reader's Digest Garden Basics: Fruit & Vegetable Gardening

Parsley makes a great addition to the vegetable garden and comes in many varieties.

Hamburg parsley has roots that look and taste similar to parsnips. They are smaller than parsnip roots, but their foliage stays on the plant throughout winter and can be used as a parsley substitute.

Parsley© iStockphoto / ThinkstockParsley makes a great addition to the vegetable garden and comes in many varieties.

Hamburg parsley grows well in full sun in light or heavy soils. Sow the seeds in spring and summer to a depth of less than an inch (2 cm) and thin plants to 6 to 8 inches (15–20 cm).

Harvest the roots from the end of summer as and when you need them and store them over winter in the ground or crates of sand.