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I lack soil space so I built a 1.5x0.5x0.4m plant box and put it on the decking. I drilled ten 6mm drainage holes in the bottom, added a layer of stones then filled with compost from the garden centre.

In April I planted dill, coriander, radishes, and parsley.

however, only the radishes thrived. A few dill seeds sprouted but never grew >5cm. Same for coriander- about 8 of the 30 seeds sprouted. the parsley didn't even bother.

I live in Stavanger in Norway, which although has the worst climate in continental Europe, I am told the seeds I planted ought to grow outdoors.

does anyone know why my dill coriander and parsley might not have grown? planted too early? Too close together? (5cm apart). 


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Parsley can be very frustrating even in the UK as seeds are often reluctant to germinate and I think dill needs a fair bit of warmth to get going.  Good veggies for cool climates include carrots, leeks, spinach, broccoli and lettuce.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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