In the past I always used to try to keep some Parsley available throughout the Winter by having it in pots inside one of my mini-greenhouses (actually, I have done some like that this year too). However, it never did brilliantly. I think the roots get too cold in a pot. Certainly the results I have achieved with growing the Parsley in a raised bed have been much better so far.
The only thing is, if it's covered you have to remember to water it. Since my four cloches neatly cover one entire bed, the bed itself gets little or no benefit from any rain that falls. Furthermore, the soil in the beds is quite sandy and free-draining (which is a wonder, considering how much organic matter I have incorporated into these last 15 or so years!), so every couple of weeks I take the cloches off and give the Parsley a good soak.
I did this task most recently last Friday, with the sun shining brightly. The Parsley looks in very good condition. I should say that I put a few slug-pellets under each cloche, just in case...
As it happens, I reckon that cats are a more likely danger than slugs in this instance. Those long tunnel-like cloches will appeal to cats for two reasons: shelter and amusement. We don't have cats any more, but one of those that we had until a few years ago would definitely have used the cloches for both those purposes! (I'm talking about Charlie here).
Incidentally, it is only two of the cloches that are protecting Parsley. The other two have lettuces under them. Said lettuces are only tiny, and growing very, very slowly. I'll be pleased if any of them make it to maturity, because they were only ever spares left over at the end of the season which I couldn't bear to throw away.
However, two cloches-worth of Parsley equates to about 50 plants (in little multiple clumps), which will be plenty for our needs. And of course there is also this:
And even these...
Can you tell that I'm determined we should not be short of Parsley? :)
On a similar "sheltered" theme:- A couple of weeks ago I wrote about what may have been either slug or bird damage to my Perpetual Spinach plants, which I then went on to surround with clematis-netting to deter pigeons etc. Well, the story has moved on again, because I belatedly remembered I had some big plastic dome cloches in the garage, which I have now deployed to protect the Spinach:
With these to protect them, and a bit of sunshine, the spinach plants ought to do well. With a bit of luck there will be enough for me to pick some leaves by about the end of January. By then the garden will be well and truly into the Hungry Gap stage, and a few greens will be most welcome.
|That Radicchio seems to be saying "Is there room in there for me too?"!|