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What Is A Potato Bush: Information About The Blue Potato Bush Plant

By Jackie Carroll

The blue potato bush is an ornamental shrub that features free-blooming blue flowers followed by red berries. It is evergreen in warm climates, and its dense growth makes it suitable for use as a hedge or screen. Learn about potato bush care in this article.

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Parsley is a biennial plant with bright green, feather-like leaves and is in the same family as dill. Here’s how to grow parsley in your own garden.

About Parsley

This popular herb is used in sauces, salads, and especially soups, as it lessens the need for salt. Not only is parsley the perfect garnish, it’s also good for you it’s rich in iron and vitamins A and C!

Native to Mediterranean Europe, the parsley plant is a biennial, but is usually grown as an annual in home gardens. After the first year, the leaves tend to become more bitter and tough, but the plant will gladly reseed itself in temperate zones.

Planting

When to Plant Parsley

Parsley seeds can be started indoors or sown directly in the garden. However, the taproot of parsley plants is delicate, so take extra care if transplanting!

  • For a head start, plant seeds in individual pots indoors 8 to 10 weeks before the last spring frost date.
  • Sow seeds outdoors 3 to 4 weeks before the last spring frost, as parsley is a slow starter.
  • The germination rate of parsley seeds tends to be low, so consider soaking the seeds overnight to improve your chances of success.
  • For the best germination, soil should be around 70ºF (21°C), though parsley seeds will germinate in colder temperatures, too.

Choosing and Preparing a Planting Site

  • Parsley enjoys well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter.
  • Pick a spot that gets full sun (6 to 8 hours of sunlight).
  • Try to choose an area that is weed-free that way, you’ll be able to see the parsley sprouting after about 3 weeks.

How to Plant Parsley

  • Sow parsley seeds ¼ inch deep.
  • Sow seeds about 6 to 8 inches apart. For larger plants, sow about 8 to 10 inches apart.
  • Be sure to keep soil moist while seeds germinate.
  • It can take 2 to 4 weeks for seedlings to appear.
    • Tip: Plant radish seeds in the gaps between parsley seeds. The radishes will sprout and grow before the parsley appears, and the radishes will mark the row.
  • Indoors, you can use a grow light to help seedlings grow. Make sure it remains at least two inches above the leaves at all times.

How to Care for Parsley

  • Be sure to keep parsley plants sufficiently watered, especially through the heat of summer.
  • Lightly mulch around the plants to conserve moisture.

Pests/Diseases

  • Stem rot
  • Leaf spots
  • Carrot fly and celery fly larvae

Parsley is a favorite of black swallowtail butterfly caterpillars as well.

Harvest/Storage

How to Harvest Parsley

  • When the leaf stems have three segments, parsley is ready to be harvested.
  • Cut leaves from the outer portions of the plant whenever you need them. Leave the inner portions of the plant to mature.
  • If you want fresh parsley throughout the winter, replant a parsley plant in a pot and keep it in a sunny window.

How to Store Parsley

  • One method of storing the parsley fresh is to put the leaf stalks in water and keep them in the refrigerator.
  • Another method of storage is drying the parsley. Cut the parsley at the base and hang it in a well-ventilated, shady, and warm place. Once it’s completely dry, crumble it up and store it in an airtight container.

Recommended Varieties

  • Flat-leaf varieties: Use in cooking because they have better flavor and are easier to work with than curly-leaf parsley
  • Curly-leaf varieties: Use when you want a fancier garnish

Wit & Wisdom

  • Add a parsley infusion to bathwater to soothe and cleanse.
  • Would you be surprised to know that parsley’s really good for you? Learn why you shouldn’t leave parsley on the plate.

Recipes


  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 1 hr
  • Yield: 1 potato per person
  • Nutrition Info
    • Level: Easy
    • Total: 1 hr 10 min
    • Prep: 10 min
    • Cook: 1 hr
    • Yield: 1 potato per person
    • Nutrition Info

      Ingredients

      1 large russet potato (If it looks like Mr. Potato Head®, you've got the right one.)

      Optional toppings, such as butter, sour cream, shredded Cheddar and/or scallions

      Directions

      1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and position racks in top and bottom thirds. Wash potato (or potatoes) thoroughly with a stiff brush and cold running water. Dry, then using a standard fork poke 8 to 12 deep holes all over the spud so that moisture can escape during cooking. Place in a bowl and coat lightly with oil. Sprinkle with kosher salt and place potato directly on rack in middle of oven. Place a baking sheet on the lower rack to catch any drippings.
      2. Bake 1 hour or until skin feels crisp but flesh beneath feels soft. Serve by creating a dotted line from end to end with your fork, then crack the spud open by squeezing the ends towards one another. It will pop right open. But watch out, there will be some steam. Add toppings if using.

      Cook’s Note

      If you're cooking more than 4 potatoes, you'll need to extend the cooking time by up to 15 minutes.


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