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Parsley is brutal. I finally got a couple plants started from seed, but it wasn't easy. It's got a long germination period during which the seeds need to be kept moist, and a high failure rate. Here is a table on parsley from the book All New Square Foot Gardening.

50F - 29 days to germination, with 63 percent success rate
59F - 17 days
68F - 14 days and 69 percent success rate
77F - 13 days and 64 percent success rate
86F - 12 days and 50 percent success rate

So the warmer it is, the faster the seeds may germinate, but fewer will do so. In the book he recommends soaking the seeds in lukewarm water for 24 hours before planting, so it sounds like you are on the right track.
 

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I just threw a packet of parsley seeds into an empty garden bed, now I have all I can eat
Germination rate was probably pretty appalling, but it did the trick.

One thing though - parsley sprouts are very fragile, don't move/disturb them, or they will most likely just die.
 
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