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Make a beautiful and fun gift for someone special!

Parsley is a particularly beautiful herb plant. Perhaps you have seen curly green parsley on your plate in a restaurant? Do you know why it's there? It's not just for decoration. Chewing on parsley actually aids in digestion, and freshens your breath.

Besides being decorative, parsley also has all kinds of uses in the kitchen. It is particularly tasty when chopped up and sprinkled on fish, chicken soup, scrambled eggs, omelets, potatoes, or homemade stuffing. Put it in cream cheese for a spread on crackers. Parsley also adds loads of flavor to pasta. In fact, try it on spaghetti by adding it to spaghetti sauce.

So such a pretty plant that has so many uses, parsley grown in a pot, makes a terrific present, expecially for someone who likes to cook. You can make, and grow, a parsley present for a great Mother's Day present, Easter, Passover, or even a "theres no reason except I like you" present, like what you might give your grandparents, or a close friend.



Not only does a parsley pot make a good gift, it is easy and quite inexpensive to do, and shows you care! Follow the directions below to sow and grow a parsley present. For a nice finishing touch, you can make a card that lists some uses for parsley in the kitchen. Your parsley present will be so appreciated!


  1. Get a packet of parsley seeds from a store or seed catalog. Look for parsley with pretty leaves, such as Extra Curly parsley.


  2. Save some large margarine or butter tubs and lids at home to use for parsely pots. Wash the tubs. You may want to decorate the pots with markers or stickers.


  3. Have an adult poke a few drainage holes in the bottom of each pot.


  4. Fill the pot with soil. Gently sprinkle water on the soil, and stir it around to moisten.


  5. Sprinkle the parsley seeds on the soil. Gently add water over the entire surface until water trickles out the bottom of the pot.


  6. Place each pot on a margarine lid for drainage. Put the pots on a sunny windowsill. Add more water when the soil mix starts to feel dry.


  7. Be patient. It may take a few weeks for seeds to grow into little plants that poke up through the mix. Watch as the shoots grow into parsley with the pretty curly leaves.


  8. Give the parsley present when the leaves are getting full and curly. Harvest the parsley by cutting off the tips with scissors when the plants are 4 to 5 inches tall.


Watch how pleased the person you give this present to will be! Homemade gifts are always the best, because they show thought and planning, and that really shows you appreciate that person very much. Good job!

 















 






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