Friday, March 2, 2012

Garden update 3/2/2012

Today I was lucky enough to find some time to garden a little. The temps were in the low 80's today, so I needed to get out there and water my garden.

I was surprised to see that my celery experiment is working. The interior leaves of the celery that were not cut when I chopped the top off are growing. It has only been a week, but the leaves and tiny celery stalks are now about an inch high. I hope I am able to get some edible celery out of the plant before the weather warms up too much. But I did plant it where it is shaded from the afternoon sun, so that should help it keep cool a little longer.

In other gardening news, I transplanted my tomato plants into larger pots so that they have more room to grow before I plant them outside in a week or so. When I was at the Natural Gardener the other day I picked up two heirloom varieties. I now have a green zebra stripe variety, a purple calabash that produces purple tomatoes, and a black variety that is a Russian heirloom and produce dark fruit. Not to mention my cherry tomato, yellow and red tiny pear shaped tomatoes, and my orange sunburst small cherry size tomato plants. I am going to be able to make one amazing tomato salad in a few months. I can't wait!

I also put out some seed for a summer mesclun mix of romain and other baby greens. Hello awesome salad fixings. Lastly I planted some marigold seeds all around the perimeter of my garden to help keep Mosquitos and other pests away. Apparently they don't like the smell. Which is fine by me, because I get eaten up by mosquitos during the summer. I also plan on planting some citronella and lemon grass around in a few weeks to help out even more.

Below are a few of the pictures I took earlier. Including my new tomatoes, strawberries in bloom, and new celery growth.

37 comments :

  1. Hi Kara,
    I found your blog through pinterest. I was looking at your image for planting celery. I am a fairly new gardner, (into my 4th year) but I have just starte with my blog and pinterest. I must say, It is fun. I also have an etsy shop! I am a vintage collecter. I like your cell phone cases(especially the red one) they look like they hold an iphone. I have a samsung droid, which is bigger.
    You are a very talented young woman. Keep up the good work.

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  2. Thanks Carol! Good luck with your blogging, gardening, and etsy shop and thanks for stopping by to check out my blog.

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  3. What are the exact directions for growing the celery?

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  4. To grow the celery, bring home a bunch of celery and chop of the top about 2-3 inches up from the bottom. Plant the bottom part in your garden soil and keep well watered. Celery likes a lot of water and temperatures between 65-75 are ideal for rapid growth. It can tolerate full to partial sun. In a month or two you should have your new celery stalks ready to cut and eat. Just be sure to keep it well watered. Good luck!

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    1. Hi,
      Since it's fall now. Can I plant celery outside or plant indoors in a pot? Also what about the other vegetables indoors or out?

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  5. Just a question about the celery, do you need to cut off the bottom at all, or can you just plant it in the dirt? thanks!!!

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  6. Nope! Don't cut the bottom just cut off the top part to eat and plant the rest.

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  7. Do you completely submerge the celery or just a few inches in the soil?

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  8. I planted it about half way up, but I have also seen where you can plant it so that the top is level with the soil. It will work either way.

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  9. this is so awesome and I am going to do this. I use a lot of celery in my juicing so this would save me a ton of trips to the grocery. YAY!

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  10. Found out that you can just cut off what you need from the ground and it will grow back. No need to pull out the whole plant.

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  12. i love love love this idea about the celery and romaine lettuce. i am really excited to get started :)

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  13. I am from Indonesia say: Bagus!
    God job!

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  14. hi.
    Does the celery actually take root?

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  15. tried growing celery one year and lost it all. After talking to the people in the know, they said it was a bad year for celery.

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  16. i had never heard this about celery - will try it this year cos i use a fair bit of celery in me cooking!!

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  17. Yep, the celery will take root, as long as the pill or sow bugs don't come eat it all. Just almost lost my growth due to pill bugs, but it looks like I might have been able to save a little bit of it. I used some organic pill bug and sow bug bait. My garden is swamped with those and caterpillars.

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  18. spring onions ( scallions ) grow exactly the same way, buy organic ones-cut off & use all but the bottom 2inches, i use an old rectangle plastic container with small holes for drainage, and place that in a bit larger one,fill with bagged sterile compost-place on kitchen window-bury spring onions about half the depth,firm in water and in a few days-new green shoots grow, and you can cut them off to about 4inches,leaving the base alone, and they grow back continuously, free organic scallions forever i keep about 16 going at all times..healthy and so bloody easy...

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  19. Can you also do this with romaine heads from the store?

    Someone mentioned romaine in their comments...

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  20. About the celery.....I understand to plant it....but it looks like you did not completely cover yours with dirt. So, please do tell.....do you plant and submerge in ground completely, OR leave some of it out?

    Im dying to try it, and I just cut my celery tops off this morning.

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  21. You can do both. I chose to just plant the bottom, but you can completly cover it too. I think it works either way.

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  22. I would guess one could cut a strip from a brown grocery bag and wrap the celery to keep the bug/worms away.
    I plant Romaine lettuce and wrap it in a strip of brown bag to make it head,,hold in place with a clothes pin.

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  23. I'm curious about the celery growth - does it really produce tender succulent ribs like the original growth, or does it bolt? I've overwintered celery after harvesting ribs, and it sends out lots of new growth, but not the culinary quality ribs. I got round stalks, quite tough and stringy, which eventually developed flowers and seed heads. Lots of leafy green growth as well, excellent for flavoring stock, soups, and stews. Useful, just not the same as the first-growth.

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  24. ? are u planting the bottom of the stalks? and keeping your top to eat? unsure I'm confused

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  25. You plant the entire base of the celery. Chop of the top parts to eat and then plant the base section with all the stalk bottoms attached.

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  26. It feels good to find such an interesting topic on the internet like this one nowadays. I was greatly interested with what you have shared and posted with us. Thanks for this anyway. spice gold

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  27. I do the scallion thing too but in a vase with about 20 of them. I cut as I need them and change the water and feed once a week or a couple of times if warmer. Have had them for over six months. Might put them in a pot too.

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  28. I think "WE ALL" need to be aware of all the natural resources we truly do have at our finger tips to save on our food source! What a cool idea about replanting your celery head. I've got two of them started in a pot and so far, success! Thanks for sharing!

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  29. So, can these be grown indoors? how much sunlight do they need?

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  30. cool idea!
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  31. To keep the bugs from eating them, try using some diatomaceous earth, food grade only. I'm told it works wonders for your garden, your animals and for you.

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  32. Thanks for this tip. I am doing today! I hope I get good results. My outdoor garden is built and we are buying soil/compost next. This is a great trick! I wasn't going to do celery but this is too simple to not try. Using the same method for green onion.

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  33. You can do this with lettuce too

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  34. Do you have to dry the celery before planting or just take from the frig?

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    1. No need to dry it. Just put it in a cup of water for a few days to grow new shoots, then plant.

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