Wednesday, December 23, 2009

How to Grow Parsley Indoors in the Winter

I’ve grown herbs in pots during the warmer months, but I’ve never tried growing anything during the winter until my recent parsley experiment.

About a month ago, before the first frost, I dug out a part of the parsley plant that was growing in my garden patch. Making sure to keep some of the root system intact, I transplanted it to a small pot with soil from the patch.

After an initial transplant shock, the parsley is flourishing (photo, above). I didn’t think it would be so healthy so quickly.

Parsley is a hearty grower, which helps when I occasionally put the plant outside for a couple minutes to get some (true) direct sunlight, even when the temperature is in the 30’s and 40’s. At other times, indirect sunlight seems to be doing the trick. I also make sure to water at least every other day.

Unfortunately I can’t cut too much at once, but a little parsley—especially at the end of December—goes a long way.

And, yes, that’s snow from the recent storm on the ledge.

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