how do i grow celery?
Celery seeds are small and will need to stay close to the surface (1/8 deep) to germinate. Sow your seeds 3 per pot about 10-12 weeks before the last Spring Frost and then thin them to the strongest plant once they have germinated. Keep your seedlings moist and at a temperature between 70-75 F, any cooler and the plants could bolt. When the weather is consistently above 10 C (50 F) at night and the plants are 10-12cm tall, you can transplant your plants to their outside locations.
Celery needs a bit of food at least once a month, an option is tea compost.
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For best flavour and longer storage, water plants the day before harvest. Stalks on the outside of the plant can be harvested at any time. The entire plant may be harvested once the desired size is reached, but the home gardener should leave the plant in the garden and take only what is needed, leaving the root intact. If winter is not too cold, celery will stand in the garden until spring, allowing for light pickings for soups and salads.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
Try celeriac, a close relative of celery. Instead of the foliage it is grown for the root structure. It stores for a long time into the winter months and tastes delicious in soups.
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Preparing and using
Celery is a very versatile veggie! You can eat it raw or cooked. Try it with peanut butter raw or add it to soups, stews, salads or stir frys for an extra crunch