I haven’t been gardening long and I am no expert. At this point it is definitely just a hobby.
I’ve had a lot of gardening mishaps. This year they include zucchini and radishes. It was sad when I had to let them go because from what I thought I knew those were some of the easiest veggies to grow. However, because I am not an expert and possibly because of the ridiculous amount of rain we have been getting they just didn’t make it.
I have had GREAT success with several other items this year. Some purple basil grown from seed is doing very well. We will have a great harvest of potatoes in the next couple of days! Celery and Romaine lettuce grown from kitchen scraps produced almost perfectly.
I couple of posts back I wrote about a salad I made with our celery harvest, you can read about it here. It was so fresh tasting and did not have the bitter flavor that celery can get sometimes.
I thought I would share how easy it is to grow celery, from your kitchen scraps, in a container, at home.
How to: Grow Celery from Kitchen Scraps in a Container
1. Cut off the root end of the celery and put it to the side while you store, chop or eat the stalks
2. Place the root end in a shallow dish with a bit of water and find a home for it on a sunny windowsill. The outsides may start to dry out or turn brown, this is okay. If the water gets dingy or brown just give it some fresh water.
3.In 1-2 weeks the celery will be ready to plant in soil outside, plant it root end down with the leaves sticking up out of the soil. I used a 10 inch container and you can maybe even use something a little bit smaller. I wouldn’t go less than 6-7 inches.
4.Harvest when the stems are at least 6 inches, cut above the root leaving about a 1/2 inch of the root end
5. If you are lazy like me, leave the plant in the same place. It will come back!
The great thing about celery is that it will keep coming back, I am hoping to bring them inside during the colder months so that we can have celery all year round! I read somewhere recently that celery has become unfashionable in gardens. If that is true I don’t really understand why. And I am not sure that I care. Even if celery is the mullet of the outdoors, I am gonna keep rocking it!