Posted: 31/03/2013 at 21:16
Read somewhere Parsley can be irratic at germination, it's also a biennial, try sowing it later in the year. Last year I sowed some about June/July time and planted it out late September in a sheltered nursery bed. to over winter.
It's still a little early to be sowing some herbs. Basil and coriander for instance, like it to be warmer. Basil's a meditarenian plant, some varieties do better in our climate, than others, I grow Minette which does well here in the North West.
I don't think it's worth sowing perennial herbs when you only want one plant, far cheaper just to buy the plant from a GC or nursery. Chives, thyme, rosemary, lemon balm and mint don't seem to mind our most harsh winters, I'm sure there are others and so you don't need to keep sowing once you've bought your first plant and all these can easily be split.
I had the same problem with supermarket bought herbs so never buy them now.