Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

Cel­ery This can be a tricky crop to grow, but has be­come eas­ier over the years thanks to self-blanch­ing va­ri­eties which make cul­ti­va­tion eas­ier, cut­ting out time­con­sum­ing jobs such as dig­ging trenches and earth­ing up. Sow seed in­doors in spring and plant out in May in a block, which will help the plants blanch each other.

It’s best grown in a veg­etable patch and prefers an open site with mois­tur­ere­tain­ing fer­tile soil, so add plenty of or­ganic mat­ter be­fore plant­ing and rake in a gen­eral fer­tiliser.

Harden the plants off and plant out af­ter all dan­ger of frost has passed, giv­ing them plenty of wa­ter dur­ing the grow­ing sea­son.

In dry sum­mers, cel­ery is prone to bolt­ing, so don’t let the plants go short of wa­ter. Good va­ri­eties in­clude ‘Golden Self-Blanch­ing’ and ‘Vic­to­ria’.

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