Last Autumn I planted out some Parsley that I had grown from seed, in the gaps between some Endives, and protected as much of it as possible with some of my plastic bell cloches. This seems to have worked quite well, and despite some very cold weather during the Winter I currently have what is for me a respectable quantity of Parsley available. Most of the Endives have gone now, and I have been tidying things up, cultivating the soil, removing any stray leaves etc and re-distributing the cloches.
I had a surprise when I saw this. It looks like a Parsley plant with some curly leaves and some flat ones.
Closer inspection reveals that it is in fact two plants. But that is still surprising, since it is many years since I have sown any flat-leaf Parsley. Maybe a stray seed crept in amongst the curly-leaf seeds. Not that I'm complaining since I have decided to try growing the flat-leaf type once more, because it is allegedly more vigorous than the curly type. This year I plan to have some of each. Here are the same two plants after the tidy-up - almost something to be proud of!
I find that Parsley in my garden often succumbs to the ravages of aphids, usually the horrible grey-coloured ones, which cluster round the stems at soil level and suck the sap out, eventually killing the plant. I don't like to spray against this because we often eat Parsley raw and I'm worried about the harmful effects of chemical pesticides. Parsley (being closely related to the Carrot) is also sometimes attacked by Carrot Root Fly. The tell-tale sign of this is that the leaves turn red - which is in stark contrast with the lush green we expect of this herb.