Celery is easy to grow, they don’t take much effort either. In the long run, you will be rewarded with lots of delicious, organic celery fresh from your garden. You will also save a lot of money by growing your own, compared to buying overpriced supermarket celery. In this article, we will share how to grow celery, the nutrients, and the health benefits they provide.
Varieties of celery
There are many varieties of celery to chose from, different textures, colours, sizes, etc. Here are some recommended varieties of celery: ‘Octavius’, ‘Celebrity’, ‘Granada F1 hybrid’, and ‘Golden Self-Blanching’.
How To Grow Celery
Sow between mid-March-early April, in containers, trays, pots, etc. Plant indoors with a temperature of around 15°C(59°F). Sow seed 1cm deep, 15-25cm(6-10in) apart, space rows 60cm(24in) apart in fertile, moisture-retentive soil. The celery seed will start to germinate, and it usually takes from 14-21 days In temperatures between 21°-23°C(70°-75°F). Low temperatures after germination can cause bolting later in life, temperatures should not fall under 10°C(50°F) for longer than 12 hours until the plant is established.
When the seedling is big enough to handle transplant directly outdoors, into trenches or raised beds 7.5-10cm(3-4in) deep, 15-25cm(6-10in) apart. Celery has a low heat tolerance, and prefers to grow in a temperature between 15°-21°C(60°-70°F).
The key to success with celery is plenty of water, so water regularly throughout growing season. Mound soil around the stems, so they become blanched, start doing this when the stems are around 30cm(12in) tall. Draw up the soil 7.5cm(3in). Self-blanching celery can be planted at ground level and will blanch itself. Fertilisers are optional, but if you want the best results, feed with high nitrogen fertiliser once crops are established.
Nutrients And Health Benefits
Celery is packed with nutrients, they contain vitamins- A, K, C, and B-9. Minerals- Magnesium, iron, sodium, and potassium. Celery is also a goods source of important, antioxidants, fluoride, and choline. In addition, celery helps prevent diabetes, supports heart health, protects eyesight, aids in weight loss, and can also reduce the risk of birth defects.
How To Add To Your Diet
Celery won’t be hard to add to your diet, as it is delicious, and goes well with many meals. Try to add celery to soups, salads, stir-fry, healthy greens smoothie, and accompany with various meets. Eat celery raw, dip in hummus, or any other healthy vegetable dips, add to pasta, etc.