Tuesday, 20 October 2020

In My Seed Box For 2021 - Celery

Celery is one vegetable that I have tried to grow in the past but have never had a great deal of success with. The average life expectancy for Celery Seed is 8 to 12 years, It looks like I ditched the celery seeds I did have in zippy bags, thinking I would not try growing them again when I had one plot. 

Now I have two plots and some free seeds off a magazine looks like it's game on for 2021.  and I do have some old seed in zippy bags.  






Unopened Packs

Golden Self Blanching - 1,000 Seeds - £1.45 - King Seeds free with Kitchen Garden -  Sow By 2022 

The stalks of Golden Self Blanching are more yellow-green and not such a strong flavour as Giant White but a lot less work. This variety is ready from about August onwards, and as the name would suggest is a self blanching variety.

Celery is a popular salad vegetable with its crips sweet stalks, but is equally as delicious if braised or chopped in casseroles.

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WHEN TO SOW

February to April

WHERE TO SOW

Sow the fine seed thinly in pots or trays under glass at 18°C. Sow the seeds on the top of moist seed sowing compost and lightly cover to their own depth.

WHAT TO DO NEXT

As soon as seedlings are large enough to handle, prick off into trays 5cm (2") apart. When seedlings are 6-7cm (3-4") tall, gradually harden off before planting out 20cm (9") apart once all risk of frost has passed. Water well throughout the growing season .

MATURITY

August to November

HANDY TIP

Celery requires very regular watering throughout the summer. Weak foliar feeding is beneficial.

NUTRITIONAL VALUE

High in sodium & potassium traditionally used as diuretic.


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