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Posted 3/5/2017 8:22am by Dennis Skoworodko.

The Story of Your Food started February 28.

Celery, Celeriac and Onions met the soil.  

Today we will talk about Celery!

Step one, Soil Blocks.




In the first photo we are making "soil blocks". The second photo shows a single block. We place the seed into the divot in the center of the soil block. These blocks give us an excellent starting home for the plants. The seed sprouts sending out roots, the roots stop at the edge of the block, because roots do not grow in air. Then, the roots wait there until we transplant the block. The plant continues to send more roots through the soil block stopping when they reach the edge. We end up with a dense healthy root system that in not "root bound". (You may have encountered root bound plants at some time. These are roots that are wrapped and twirled around and around inside a plant pot.) When these plants in our soil blocks are large enough to transplant, they grow with gusto because the roots were poised and ready. The third photo is a single celery seed. Yes, that is one celery seed. They are so tiny... seeds really are miracles... growing into large and tasty plants from something that started so very small. The 4th photo is seeding the tray of soil blocks. Celery is a bit weird, as it needs light to germinate, most plants do not. So we just very lightly cover with soil and leave under the grow lights (5th photo). And celery is a very slow germinator- it can take 3 weeks to sprout. We are always on pins and needles hoping they sprout, because if they don't, it is too late to try again.  Celery takes a long time grow to maturity.


Watch Dennis harvest celery in Our Farm video tour.

We hope you enjoyed this Story of Your Food. If all goes well we should have celery ready for you late July! 

Regards, Our Farm Team     

Tags: Celery

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