What is the common key ingredient in a Waldorf salad, Caponata and vegetable stock? Celery of course. Instead of buying a bunch every time you're making one of these recipes, why not grow your own.
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When it comes to growing vegetables in your garden, it's hard to go past celery. It's easy to grow, ready to be tossed into tasty salads and in about 14 weeks and you can harvest the stalks without removing the whole plant.
How to grow celery
A position in the full sun to part shade, but remember to protect from strong winds.
Suitable for all Aussie climates.
Celery will happily grow in deep, well-drained and slightly acidic soil that has been enriched with plenty of organic matter. The roots are shallow, so make sure that the soil is moist to prevent them from drying out.
Water regularly and make sure the soil is kept moist. Do not allow it to dry out as it can become moisture stressed which as a result produces stringy, bitter stalks.
During the growing season liquid feed regularly with either a liquid seaweed or fish emulsion feed every fortnight.
Opt for an organic mulch, like pea straw or sugar cane,and generously spread over the soil to help conserve moisture.
Snails and slugs can sometimes be a problem. Either barricade in our celery, use traps, or turn to sprinkling bait around garden beds.
Don't fret, if you notice fungal spots, it can develop on leaves in warm and humid conditions. Simply remove and bin affected leaves. If this becomes a constant nuisance, apply a copper-based fungicide as a preventative spray.