I don’t know if I’m unusual about this, but I rarely use celery unless I’m making soup or stew. When I do, I need to buy a bag of celery, use two sticks, and promise myself to find a use for the rest. Then I forget, and have to compost the rest two weeks later…
Now, I’ve stumbled upon a solution: Saving the base of the celery, and regrowing it. Then, you can just cut the stalks you need and don’t have to buy any more. Last week, Ace and I roasted a turkey, so now it was time for turkey soup. Off I went to the grocery store to buy celery, and then I remembered this article. I did a bit more research and found this article as well, by someone who had tried the same method.
So, I decided to give it a shot. First, I cut the stalks off the base. This is the last time I’ll have to remember to use them (Feel free to give me recipes!).
I rinsed the base, and put it in a bowl of water. This then went by the window where it gets lots of light. I figure I’ll move it into the grow box when it gets potted later.
If I understand correctly, the outer stalks will break down, but the center will put out new growth. Once it’s growing well, I’ll pot it in soil and have fresh celery forever!
My seedlings have come a long way since my last update!
The kale, especially, is doing very well. This might be because kale is naturally indestructible, or because my other seeds were all left over from last year, while I bought the kale last week.
The chives are coming up! I apologize for the horrible photo, but I wanted to show you how they emerge in loops. They don’t straighten out until later.
Shoots are popping up in the wildflower pots as well!
I’ve got the garden mulched now, all the way around. This way, our mowers don’t have to navigate the rabbit fence that we’ll put up soon.
In a week or so, I’ll direct-sow my first cold-tolerant seeds (beets, carrots, etc.)
~The Homesteading Hippy