Fashion for exoticism has not bypassed us,gardeners. If even ten years ago our beds were decorated only with traditional and traditional vegetables, today we have only one potato and carrots. That pulls us to the exotic - and that's it! Therefore, in many gardens there are brightly colored broccoli inflorescences and tight coots of Savoy cabbage. Deep in the earth ripen roots spicy ginger, and in the beds, like tin soldiers, rows of juicy celery shoots lining up. Yes, not just leafy and not the usual root, but petiolate! Because the cultivation of celery stalk begins as a tempting experiment and a "test of the pen" in gardening poetry, and then it becomes quite common. And juicy fragrant stalks of celery from an exotic vegetable turn into an indispensable component of salads, soups and other dishes. If you have not yet mastered this garden culture, then it's time to learn about the peculiarities of cultivation of celery stalk in theory and apply this knowledge in practice. Let's start?
Seeds and seedlings
Celery (and chereshkovy not an exception) - vegetable"Tugovsyshy". That is, his seeds are whimsical: they germinate for a long time, slowly rise, and can generally strike and remain "buried alive". Therefore, it is best to drop them into containers in February-marte. By the way, as practice shows (and the theory does not contradict it), the germination of seeds rises with age. And if you buy seeds for three or four years, then the chance to get good and strong shoots will increase many times. So how is it better to sow the seeds of celery? If you are familiar with the agrotechnics of growing root or leaf celery, then apply your knowledge and practical experience for petiolate celery. If you do not have such knowledge yet, then comprehend this science in practice. Namely:
Transplant to open ground
Since the main difficulty for cultivationcelery - growing seedlings, then having overcome this stage, you can assume that all the difficulties are left behind. Further - it's easier. As soon as the night frosts end, and even their potential threat passes, our tender celery shoots can be planted in beds. Naturally, as responsible and conscientious gardeners, we first prepare these beds. Celery celery is a plant with pretensions. Like any foreign visitor, he loves comfort. And comfortable for him will be beds with well-fertilized and well drained land. So we will fertilize the plots as required by the type of soil in our garden and prepare the mulch for the celery. Textbooks on vegetable farming recommend planting celery seedlings in the open ground, grown to five to seven centimeters. However, in practice, seldom does anyone manage to grow a celery seedlings of this size. Therefore, it is necessary to plant very, very small plants in the ground. So small that it's easy not to notice and wash off when watering or pulling out when weeding. Therefore, experienced truck farmers recommend to put on the planted seedlings plastic cups with a cut bottom. Plant celery seedlings at a distance of twenty to twenty-five centimeters from each other, I observe this "distance" both in width and in the length of the bed. The soil between the seedlings should immediately be covered with straw or sawdust. Considering that you have already protected mini-bushes with the help of cups, do not be afraid that they will "get lost" in the mulch. And after planting, make the first fertilizing with liquid fertilizer.
Entertaining all the same vegetable - celerypetiolate: the cultivation of it basically reduces to general rules of care, but also involves some "tricks." Standard agricultural technology for this culture is as follows.
After understanding the rules of standard carewe will get acquainted with some of its nuances. Because celery cherry in growing requires a special approach and knowledge of small "tricks". So, for example, many truck farmers practice tying the petioles. Do it as soon as the bushes grow to forty-five centimeters. Then the petioles (from the ground to the leaves) are wrapped in black paper. Pay attention that the top part of the bush (about fifteen centimeters) must remain in the light. After tying with paper, petioles can be put on high plastic cups without a bottom. This will create additional protection from light and protect the paper from getting wet during watering or rain. All this is done for one sole purpose - to whiten stalks of celery. And in fact, using the trick with the wrap, in a couple of weeks you will get completely white and perfectly clean, juicy and tasty petioles. In general, the celery in the cultivation is unpretentious. Responsive to fertilizing and proper watering. While observing the basic requirements for care, it grows well, without "whims and surprises".
Harvesting can be done immediately afterpetioles will reach a more or less decent size. By the way, for this it is not necessary to dig out young bushes. It is enough to break off laterally (outer petioles) neatly - harm will not bring it to him. And the greens, that is, the top leaves on the bushes, can be used as a traditional leaf celery. Mass harvest (if you set a goal for this) should be removed already in the autumn - in September-October, depending on the region. Adult ripened plants are excavated with a shovel or sovochkom. If the roots of your "celery" bushes have grown much, then it is better to use forks. So try to grow this spicy overseas guest on your garden. To that they say that it is unusually useful, indispensable in dietary nutrition and has a "negative caloric value". Plant cherepkovy celery: the cultivation of this new for our kitchen gardens will not be too complicated and long, but rather will give pleasure to the new agronomic experiment. We advise you to read: