Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Pyramid Planter

If you like to cook, you know fresh parsley is so much better than the dried parsley flakes you buy in the grocery store. It's so easy to grow your own! A pack of seeds will produce enough parsley for you to use all summer into the fall. Parsley likes well drained soil with plenty of sun. Be patient, as it takes 4 to 6 weeks to germinate. I've tried a few different kinds, but I like the dwarf parsley the most. I grow various herbs and they each have their own individual planters. It's nice walking out on the deck and picking fresh herbs for that day's dinner. For parsley, I found that strawberry towers work well as planters. Here is a pyramid planter that works great for parsley. You can grow parsley in pots, raised beds, or just plant it directly in the ground. Just snip off what you need, and it'll grow back.
My mom used to make potatoes and kelbassi when we were growing up and she used lots of parsley flakes in the dish.  A simple meal, but it sure was good. Now I make it, and use the fresh parsley I grow myself. You can use it as garnish on baked potatoes, in stews, salads, in rice dishes, or with other herbs when cooking various meats. I always end up with more parsley than I know what to do with, so I dry it in my dehydrator for a winter supply.  Do you have any unique ways to grow parsley, or any ideas for recipes?

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