Celery, a vegetable plant belonging to the Apiaceaefamily, is appreciated in its two forms from the marshes: celery stalk and celeriac. Celery sticks add a typical flavour to both cooked and raw dishes. It is an essential ingredient in a good fresh tomato juice. Celery root is cooked raw in remoulade, cooked in purée or in gratin. The cultivation of celeriac requires attention.
To grow celery in your garden, wait until after the big frosts. Often, gardeners prefer to plant it but nothing prevents you from sowing it. The sowing calendar is from mid-April to early June for celery and from early February to mid-May for celeriac. The plants are placed in the garden from May to June. Celery requires regular and abundant watering and good fertilization. It grows best in sunny conditions and in rich, loose soil.
The maintenance of the plants is not complicated: it is necessary to hoe and weed as for the other vegetables of the garden. Mulch the soil to keep it fresh and prevent the growth of unwanted weeds. For several years, avoid replanting celery in the same place in the garden. To ensure that the root of the celery root develops properly, in mid-September, cut off excess leaves. Celery sticks can be blanched in late summer by tightening the core. Both species are good for harvesting after 6-7 months of cultivation.