Saturday, 23 January 2016
Another way to propagate Celery
O.K. So before I tell you about the Celery...I dont drink alcohol at all ,...I just never acquired the taste for it . Nope that beer is being set aside for slug pubs in my veg garden !
The Mistletoe is there to remind me that I begun the "Celery Experiment " just around Christmas and that mistletoe is actually now out on my apple trees for the blackbirds to eat .
The Celery Experiment .
I think I have mentioned the Allotments4All Forum before , but if you dont know already , it is a very good place to learn about growing vegetables and ornamental gardening too . You can ask questions and join in discussions , learn the regional timings for sowing /planting , new and better ways of growing things , tips etc.
Somebody on the Forum was talking about how they save the left over bottom of a bunch of store bought Celery and grow it in a jar of water , until it puts out roots , then plant it out in the garden . Brilliant idea !
So I thought I,d give it a try ! I had missed the timing for growing Hyacinths in these Hyacinth vases , but they are the perfect thing for getting the bottom of the left over Celery bunch to root .
It is slow to start with and I had to keep topping up the water, celery is a very thirsty , water loving plant . Actually if you try this ,only fill the water up to the very base of the bunch .In the picture above I had topped it up a little too much .
The photo above shows how the roots have grown in just four weeks or so !
Remove from the vase , sorry about very blurred photo .
Ready to plant out !
Although the weather is very mild here in the far South West of Cornwall , I decided to pot mine up and keep it in a more sheltered place until all chance of frost has passed .
So I have given it a good drink and in fact today has been rainy and really quite mild ,so I have left it out in the rain , rain water being so much better for plants than tap water .
Celery is quite a tough plant and I,m sure can acclimatise fairly quickly , I wont plant mine out into the garden until all chance of frost has passed..I know I just said that , but I thought it good to say one more time . ..wouldn't want to lose it after all !
If it turns bitterly cold again , I will bring it back indoors and put it on my cool North facing windowsill .
After it has been planted outside , I will only take a few stalks at a time and keep the mother plant growing ...and one plant will be enough for my needs .
I,m thinking that it could also be grown in a tub . Celery , graceful green vegetable , so good and healthy for us to eat .....but I,ll leave it's wonderful health giving properties for you to go away and research for yourselves .
Experiment over ...it works ! Free food ! Give it a go folks !