One type of vegetable that is not grown as often as it should be is celery. Celery is not as hard to grow as many people think. Here are some tips on how to grow celery.
Celery – An Easy Crop to Grow in Your Home Vegetable Garden
By John Yazo
Celery is an easy crop to grow in your home vegetable garden. It is a crop that needs a rich soil, a steady source of water and protection from the sun as well as protection from high temperatures. It is a plant that is used to a marsh type environment, and in most areas it can be grown as a spring or fall crop — in the north as a summer crop and in the south as a winter crop.
When planting celery you can do it either by transplants or from seed. Depending on your location you may have to start your seeds indoors because of your growing season. Before planting celery seeds they should be soaked for about 12 hours to encourage germination.
Soil mix that is best to germinate celery seeds is 2/3 compost and 1/3 sand. Once your flats that you are planting in are full of your soil mix place the seeds on rows 1 inch apart and cover with 1/8 inch of sand. After the seeds have been covered they will need to be keep moist, covering the flats with a damp sphagnum moss until they sprout will give them the moisture they need. Keep the flats in a bright area out of the direct sun and at a temperature of between 70 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and around 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night. Providing a soil mix that has good drainage,retains moisture well and the proper air circulation are very important at this stage of germination.
Once the seedlings are about 4 inches tall they need to be transplanted into individual peat pots and at 6 inches tall they are ready to be hardened off for transplanting in there permanent location outdoors.
When planting celery they need to be space 6 to 8 inches apart and in rows about 2 to 3 feet apart. Plant them the same depth that they were in the pots and water deeply with a nutrient rich manure tea, then apply a heavy layer of organic mulch. Celery needs at least 1 inch of water per week to thrive.
When time to harvest cut the plant off just below the soil line. You can also cut single stalks as needed if you prefer.
Author John Yazo Resource: A environment friendly and healthy way of gardening. Organic Gardening is away of gardening in harmony with nature. Growing a healthy and productive crop in a way that is healthier for both you and the environment.
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