Success with celery

When I was researching what to grow this year, I invariably came across celery being described as everything from difficult to grow to the devil’s food. That was enough to make me want to do give it a go.

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We decided on ‘Full White’ self-blanching celery from the Real Seed Company. We planted them in seed trays, transferring them individually to 10cm pots until the roots were well established and peeping out the bottom and then finally planting them out in their raised bed – the photograph above is shortly after planting them out into a block of 30 plants.

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The two biggest threats to celery are lack of water and slugs. We kept them fairly well-watered and benefited from regular rainfall, but planting them in a block seems to be the best help as the leaves shade the earth and minimise weeds. And as for slugs – we just ignored them. Yep, they were there, but their actual damage was minimal.

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Celery is key to a good vegetable stock, another benefit to our kitchen garden – no need to use those artificial stock cubes. We have also added it to salads and as part of bean stews. The flavour out of the ground is really spicy.

One thing is for sure though: two people don’t need 30 heads of celery! In fact, RB keeps harvesting them and we end up composting 90% of each head as it remains unused, even though in a little water they last a week.

Now that we have conquered growing celery, we may have a debate on our hands about how much we grow again next year, if any.

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8 responses to “Success with celery

  1. Yes, I had heard that celery is hard to grow too. I’ve never grown it myself as I’m not too keen on it, but you’ve done really well.

  2. It looks like you’ve had some real success with celery. How long did it take to reach maturity?

  3. I grow it. I’ve found that I can cut it at the base and let it resprout for another harvest quite late in the year. I like how it looks in the garden.

  4. I puree any unused veggies to make a blend for spagetti or other sauces. No waste and loads of vitamins.

  5. Freeze the blended puree and pull out as needed.

  6. I’ve found out that you can dry most any vegetables and fruits and even leftover meals if you want to for reconstituting and using later. A good book on drying foods would help if you are interested.

  7. I heard somewhere that celery plants can last for years if you cut them properly. Have you looked into maybe donating any excess? I know some cities have food charities that absolutely love fresh veggie donations.

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