Monday, March 25, 2013

Harvest Monday - March 25, 2013

This week was all about celery. The one and only harvest was the four celery plants that were heeding the call of spring to procreate. So I cut them all down. The timing was good, I needed the space to plant out my fennel seedlings that I had started in paper pots.

Here's the largest of the four, it was producing a lot of side shoots. After I trimmed all the side shoots off the head looked more "normal".

Here's the three largest heads. The two on the left hadn't produced the abundance of side shoots like the big one on the right. The center bunch is showing that hint of yellow in the inner stalks that gives this variety its name.

Dorato di Asti celery 

Here's the prettiest of the lot.

And here's the runt of the litter, it has the shortest stalks. You can see how I harvested the stalks on a cut-and-come-again basis.

Here you can see how short the stalks are in comparison to the stalks on one more normal sized.

After trimming off the side shoots and the bulk of the leafy tops the harvest came in at 7 lb., 5.9 oz.
And that bumps my harvest totals for the year up to 46 lb., 3.1 oz.

I haven't had a chance to use any of the celery yet, but tonight I'm planning a salad that will feature sliced celery and apples and I'm not sure what else yet, perhaps some Oregon pink shrimp that I've got stashed in the freezer.

Harvest Monday is hosted by Daphne on her blog Daphne's Dandelions, head on over there to see what other garden bloggers have been harvesting lately.


  1. Beautiful celery. And so much. I'd have trouble using it all.

  2. I did a double take when I saw 46 pounds of celery. Wow! That's almost a pound a week. I froze some of our celery last fall. It wound up in soups and stocks, where it gave some flavor if not crunch. I'm going to try Redventure this year in addition to a green one.

  3. Beautiful! Every once in a while I crave some celery stir fried. Maybe I will try growing some some day!

  4. That's quite a celery harvest. The side shoots remind me of Chinese celery.

  5. Gorgeous celery! Even the runt looks delicious. :D I noticed the really healthy and thick root systems in one of the photos - obviously happy plants and the production is proof of that.

  6. I love celery. Some of my plants are producing nicely at the moment - I too cut and come again with it. But others seem to be telling me its too hot and are refusing to grow. They are all the same variety so its quite puzzling really.

  7. I wish i could grow celery like that its a wonderful gift.


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