I love growing things, and then I get the opportunity to make things out of those things that have grown. My latest endeavor is growing celery, which is definitely one of the easiest things I've done in a while. In contrast to the pineapple I'm growing, er, trying to grow. I've been through at least three pineapple tops. I'll crack the pineapple growing code yet. In the meantime I'll celebrate the massive victory that is this celery.
If there's one key to growing celery it is, water. This vegetable itself is made up of 95% water and you can even keep the stalks fresh by leaving them in water in the fridge, like so. So, on average, I water this celery every other day. For a while I was watering it once a week. It didn't seem to suffer too much. It basically stayed dormant, just a little celery plant, frozen in time. In that picture above it's only about a week old and it's sitting in water, no soil yet.
Here it is a month after that. Then If you scroll to the top you can see what it looks like about a month later. Then below is about a week after that. It grew a good three inches in a week with the heavy watering dose. I swear it's taller every time I look at it.
So far, I haven't cut any bits off to use yet. I want to grow a full sized celery first. For nothing else, than to see how it works. I will probably use these leaves for seasoning in stews sometimes soon though. I feel like cutting the leaves won't count. Well, I won't count it anyways. You can.
Here's what you'll need:
- Planter - I used this old tea tin. If you want to see how to add drainage to your tea tin, read this.
- Base of a celery stalk - The part you cut off at the bottom and usually throw away.
- For the first week you'll wan to let it soak in some water and let it begin to sprout.
- After it looks pretty healthy and well developed you can plant it in a reasonably shallow pot will some loose soil. You'll want to bury the base but not the new growth. So, those little sprouts should stay above the dirt, but the old part of the plant can go under the soil.
- From there all you do is water often, very often.
My plant is about 2 1/2 months old.