Celery For My Family

Celery General Information

celery-image-galleryCelery is a bog and swamp plant. It will be needing plenty of water, rich substrate and a bit milder temperatures and positioning. Position or hang it on your Flying Nun in a bright spot but out of direct sun, keeping the growing temp between 70° - 75°F during the day and about 60°F at night. Placing them in a 20 liter or even a 35 to 40 liter container will be best. The 35 liter containers are normally placed around the base of the Nun where a bit less direct sunlight enters. By the way, it loves calcium. You could add a bit of bone based bio-fermentation in the water tank if you have a mind to. Do that especially in the later stages of growth.

Traditional Trench Celery vs Self Blanching Celery

cellery-for-my-family-1Most heirloom and older varieties of celery normally need a trenching to get the stalks soft and yummy. Then you might even want to blanch the stalks before putting them in a salad in hot water for a few minutes to make them even softer. Newer varieties are what they call "self blanching". They are a bit softer stemmed varieties that need less work to grow since they need no trenching. Trenching is nothing more than planting them down in a 6" deep trench. When they begin to grow, add dirt around the outside of the plant. You can even place some cardboard around the stems before adding the dirt. Some gardeners add cardboard and some forgo the trouble. As the plant grows, add more cardboard and soil until it is fully grown and the soil is at the normal ground level. This method is also called collaring.


White Chinese Celery

White Chinese Celery

 White Chinese Celery General Information Chinese White Celery (Apium graveolens) is call qin cai or shui qin. In China, it grows on the mountainsides in temperate and tropical climates, as a marsh plant, often referred to as wetland celery. It is thin, less fibrous, crispy and has three-lobed leaves. It kinda looks like a western celery on a diet. It does not need to have its strings removed but the smell and taste is stronger than most other celery. The leaves can be lightly cooked alone or with the stems along with ginger roots. Its leaves and stems are also used in soups and stews.  Leaves, stems and seeds are appreciated for it’s vitamin A, C along with it’s general healing effect. In 500 BCE, Confucius wrote about celery saying it is soothing and an aid to digestion. White Chinese Celery Growing Expectancies In the Costa Rican climate, where EAT is based, we experienced excellent stalks with no diseases when we grew it hanging in a Flying Nun. It was grown in a 20lt hydro-organic container during the heavy rainy season. It was transplanted from a self watering seedling pot along with a few lettuce plants, both for culinary and esthetic results. You can see this in the slideshow above. Since Chinese celery is a softer, string-less type, trenching is not needed. But you could place a few more plants in the container than normal so they give themselves a bit of self blanching growing conditions. Plant it along with a fast growing lettuce to add to the trenching effect. It was harvested 90 days after...

Read More