Grow your own Celery


Kitchen gardening

Grow your own Celery

Celery isn’t the easiest vegetable to grow, but once you’ve mastered the art you’ll be the envy of all your gardening friends, as celery is a very attractive addition to the vegetable patch. Here are a few basic rules to keep in mind when growing this lovely soup and salad staple:

Step-by-step guide for growing your own :

  • Choose a sunny spot in your garden with well-draining sandy soil. The area should preferably receive about 6 hours of sunlight a day, but should be sheltered during the hottest time of the day.
  • Add a generous amount of well-rotted compost to the soil and remove any big stones or weeds.
  • Celery seeds are very small, so it helps to mix them with fine, sandy soil before sowing to ensure that you sow them finely enough. Cover them with just a little bit of soil, as celery seeds like to be planted fairly shallowly. Germination will occur within the next three weeks.
  • Once the seedlings appear, thin them out so that they are spaced about 20cm apart.
  • It’s essential to keep the soil moist at all times, as dry soil will affect the taste of your celery.
  • Feed your celery seedlings with a liquid fertilizer like MultiFeed once every two weeks.
  • Your celery is ready to harvest about four months after sowing. Pick the outer stems first so that the inner (younger) ones have more time to mature.

Did you know? – Celery is packed with minerals, vitamins and iron, but is very low in calories, making it a very healthy snack