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We all know Parsley as a pretty little herb that lends a sprinkling of color and taste to our favorite dishes.

If you think of parsley as just a garnish that gets pushed to the side of the plate, you should know there are many health benefits of parsley. Benefits that herbalists believe to help with digestion. And parsley tea is often used by Chinese.

I got my parsley plants by seedling . Bought the seeds from a plant nursery only once and I have enough parsley for my home use .

Soil: Plant parsley in moist, loamy, well-turned soil. Incorporate rich compost early in the growing season, just as you're planting your parsley.
Water: Although parsley grows its best in moist soil.

Varieties: there are two basic varieties of parsley – flat leaf and curly leaf. The flat leaf parsley (often called Continental or Italian parsley) has a stronger flavour than the curly leaf parsley. Both are excellent in cooking, and both are well worth growing in your garden.

Indoor parsley care is easy. Keep the soil lightly moist, and empty the saucer under the pot after every watering so that the roots don't sit in water. Feed the plants every two weeks with half-strength liquid fertilizer. You can grow other herbs in the container with parsley, if desired.

Harvest parsley by clipping stems just above the soil. Parsley looks and tastes best when it is fresh, so only take as much as you need at one time. The plant replenishes itself quickly.

Growing Parsley Outdoors:- Parsley prefers a heavy soil - too light, and the plants are 'leggy' so if your soil is sandy, then add some clay, loam or manure to the planting area.

The perfect aspect for growing parsley is partial shade - too much sun will damage the oils in the leaves - they will shrivel up in the sun and be too damaged even to claim you've 'dried' the parsley!

Remove any really straggly plants and give some extra tender loving care to the ones that are left.

If the plants are really leggy, then it may be that the soil is wrong for them.

Re-planting: parsley doesn't last forever, but it will last from one to two years, depending on where it's grown, so when it starts to send up seed heads, it's time to replace the plants. However, if you let some of your parsley plants go fully to seed, there's every chance these seeds will sprout and your parsley patch could become alive and you won't have to buy any more seeds or seedlings.

And Parsley does not usually suffer from pests and disease. Occasionally

PARSLEY: DON'T LEAVE IT ON YOUR PLATE :- Ah, parsley. Its lovely green leaves dress up a plate but often return to the kitchen sink soggy. Too bad!

Parsley is a small plant with dark-green leaves that is taking part in many cuisines worldwide . It has been used for centuries.

This spice has incredible health benefits, so people started using it as an ingredient of many remedies. But, people don't get all the benefits it offers because they don't use it in the way they should. When you add parsley to the food, you should know that you should use both the leaves and the roots.

A middle-aged woman from Bosnia invented her own recipe of parsley which she claims to be very good for losing weight. By drinking this tea, she managed to lose 5 kilos in only 3 days. According to her, this tea excretes the fat in a form of waste water!

Recipe:

Ingredients needed:

5 tablespoons of chopped parsley

1 liter of water

How to prepare it:

Pour the water in some bowl and heat it until it starts boiling. Add the parsley inside. Leave it soaked like that for half an hour and strain the tea. That is all that you will have to do and you will have your tea prepared. You can always add some honey to improve the taste if you don't like it.

Emergency measures for bad breath :-

At the end of your power lunch or romantic dinner, munch the sprig of parsley that's left on your plate. Parsley is rich in chlorophyll, a known breath deodorizer with germ-fighting qualities.

Home made parsley leaf cream :-

Boil 2 tbs of fresh parsley leaves in 200 ml of water for 15 mins in low heat, remove from heat, let cool, strain and add 1 tsp lemon juice/apple cider vinegar. Apply this mix on the face twice a day, morning and evening. Parsley leaves contain vitamins, potassium and manganese, all of which will help tighten skin, remove pigments and give you clear glowing skin.

-Can be refrigerated up to 6 days.
This mix will tighten the skin and rid your complexion of any pigments to give you clear glowing skin.

And it strengthens bones , Parsley contains Vitamin K which is responsible for protein that increases your bone density.

Vision health: parsley makes it a particularly healing food for vision health.

Finely minced parsley adds flavor to any salad, egg dish, soup, or stuffing. It's a staple ingredient of the Lebanese salad tabbouleh. Try this easy and healthy recipe :-

Directions. in a small bowl mix Finely chopped parsley,chopped mint leaves ,finely chopped spring onions and tomatoes and place them into your separate large salad bowl. Juice all the fresh lemons and pour it over the salad mixture. mix well. Serve.

Happy growing:-)

Shaminaz Deen
Author: Shaminaz Deen

Shaminaz is a home gardener. She gorws her own chilies, capsicums, mangoes and even roses. Cinnamon and black pepper.

She uses all natural ingredients to protect her plants from snails and bugs.

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