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- Choose a sunny site with fertile, moisture-retentive soil - dig in extra compost or organic matter before planting
- Celery is better grown in the ground or in raised beds, but you can grow it in large pots too - each plant will need a 30cm pot
- Plant 30cm apart
- Our celery is an American green variety that does not need to be trenched
- Celery is a thirsty plant so keep it well watered
- Mulching will really help during hot, dry spells
- Feed with a liquid feed in the summer months
Problems & Pests:
- Slugs can sometimes bother celery, although they do tend to choose other plants in the veg patch first. Still, it is worth protecting younger, more vulnerable plants.
- Celery fly - these tend to damage leaves, so shouldn't hurt the celery stalks too much. However, if you do see grubs burrowing in the leaves, cut off affected leaves and discard.
- Stalks become tough and stringy - this is likely to be a lack of water or harvesting too late in the season.
- Celery will be ready for harvest from late summer to early autumn
- Harvest before the plant starts to produce side shoots from the base
- Once harvested, cut off the foliage (it'll make a good stock, or pop it on the compost pile.) Celery will store in the fridge for several days, but will taste better eaten soon after harvesting.