This year was my first year to try growing celery.
Looking at the photo above, you would think, how on earth is that celery going to look like the celery I purchase at the store?
The trick is the following.
Once the celery is tall enough, you will wrap a paper bag around the plant, leaving the topmost foliage exposed. Tie the paper in place with twine.
What we are doing is blanching the celery.
Blanching is accomplished by excluding light over a period of time while the plants continue growing.
You do need to check the progress of the blanching, celery is susceptible to rot.
Once you have stalks that have reached a light greenish yellow color, the plant is ready to harvest.
I forgot to take a photo of my celery all in a row with bags wrapped on them.
I did remember to take a photo of the finished product.
I froze some of my celery for soup.
We ate some fresh and I tossed some in potato salad and chicken salad.
Everyone thought it tasted great.
I am already making my garden list for 2016 garden season. I will be planting two rows of celery.
A neighbor suggests that I might put up a scarecrow near the vines, which would keep the birds away. I am doubtful about it, the birds are much too accustomed to seeing a person in poor clothes in the garden to care much for that.
Charles Dudley Warner