How to grow parsley
Depending on your climate parsley may be an annual or biennial (mine is annual in the sub-tropics, it seeds and dies off in the heat of summer). I can't actually remember where the parsley in my garden first came from originally. I think I bought a small plant about seven years ago and planted it in the garden. That small plant grew into a large plant, flowered and set seed. And ever since then, parsley has popped up in my garden whenever I need it. I took a couple of plants when we moved house, and the cycle continues. I do save some seeds from the plants, but I usually just sprinkle them all around the garden, and weed out any extra plants that grow. I never intentionally plant parsley!
If you do start from seed, be aware that it can take up to six weeks for the seed to germinate. If you're impatient, then I recommend buying one small plant and allowing it to produce seed.
There are two main types of parsley (apparently there are also many varieties within those two types): curly leaf and flat leaf. I currently grow the flat leaf type, which is supposed to be hardier. I did have a curly leaf plant at one stage, but it never went to seed and eventually died off. And now its the flat leaf that survives and proliferates in my garden today, with very little encouragement from me!
The parsley flowers are not only beautiful, they are also a feed source for beneficial insects in the garden.
See my other herb posts: mint, aloe vera, basil, ginger, galangal and turmeric, calendula, marigold and winter tarragon, soapwort, comfrey, nasturtium