C’est la vie with celery

Don’t be frightened to try new things.

Celery is notoriously difficult to grow, or so I’d been told. It needs rich, fertile soil, lots of water, not too hot and not too cold… it needs to be ‘blanched’ by building up the soil (or other methods of shading the stems from sunlight), and is prone to bolt if you leave it too long to pick it.

So when Rocket Gardens sent 10 celery plug plants in one of their earlier deliveries, I was a bit wary. I also didn’t have much space left, and so decided to put them in the space under the runner bean poles, which would get shady later on in August and keep the plants cool.

But what was I thinking?! I thought later on, as the beans struggled to grow and looked a pit pale. Two of the hungriest and thirstiest plants put together??!! It could only mean one thing, and all I could hear each time I passed by was “fight, fight, fight!” Well, I’ve done my best to keep both camps happy, and I have to say I am chuffed with the results of the tasty, crunchy celery. And the beans have been well watered, fed with worm-wee from the wormery, and are now a picture of health, with lots of flowers, if a little late in producing beans.

C’est la vie indeed.

Get a sharp knife down below where the stalks join to harvest celery. Trim the leaves before storing as otherwise the water will carry on evaporating through them, and the stalks will go floppy and lose their crispness.picking celery

When the plants got bigger, I added straw around the base of the stems to help stop the soil drying out and to blanch the stems.BIRU-WP-20150807T124023GMT-0100.jpgFight, fight, fight!climbing beans in July

Lots of rich, fertile soil, and compost was dug into this bed prior to planting. I covered the soil with my favourite mulch, Strulch, to keep the moisture in.under-planted bean canes

When first planted, I protected the plants from birds and cats.young celery

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