This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Monday, 8 April 2013

Leek, Carrot, Rhubarb, Celery

At the weekend I harvested some leek and found some carrots hiding amongst some plants. They went into a chicken curry casserole. The leeks have been in the ground for about a year and they were quite small but still tasty. None of the leeks have started flowering so I'm still harvesting.

Variety: Leek 'Musselburgh', Carters Tested Seeds, Sown indoor 8 April 2012; planted outside June.

Variety: Carrot 'Early Nantes 2' Thompson Morgan seeds. Date sown unknown.

The Rhubarb race is on! (the clump badly needs divided!)
Above: A veg box cleared and then covered to warm up the soil. On the far right side I've  left celery in the soil. I removed some celery and it was really well rooted. I read somewhere it will act as a perennial - does anyone know if this is true?
 Variety: Celery, Plant Hart's Seeds, US. Sown indoor 8 April 2012/planted outside June.

The weather has been better for gardening / sunshine is welcome.

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  1. Hi Kelli, so glad it is warming there and you've had sunshine. You are getting a good start to your Spring gardening. The celery looks good...hope some of your readers will have some information on celery. It probably won't be long until you will also be making rhubarb pie!

  2. I think celery is probably bi-ennial - that's to say it runs to seed and flowers in its second year. If I'm not mistaken, it is related to the carrot and parsley, which are definitely bi-ennial. You could perhaps establish a patch of celery, letting it constantly re-seed itself, year on year.

  3. It looks like you got a lot done Kelli. Your rhubarb is doing really well, I can't wait to harvest mine. I think Mark's right, the celery runs to seed in it's second year, but I treat mine like a 'cut and come again' veg and get a bit more out of it that way. It just keeps re-growing!

  4. Celery a perennial - now that would be interesting maybe we shouldn't dig our pathetic specimens up then!

  5. Those carrots have done well to survive the winter.

  6. Wishing we have leek and carrot harvest too. Must be sweet after over-wintered.