Easy Starts for Celery and Romaine – A Tutorial

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Want to grow celery and romaine in your garden?  Well, hopefully this experiment will prove successful and we’ll all be able to do that more easily and quickly.  The above is the end of a celery stalk clump (I’m sure there is a better botanical term than that!), and the end of a bunch of romaine sitting in about 1/2 inch of water in a sunny window sill.

1-2 weeks later of pouring a little more water in the bowl every day or two….

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The outside of the celery stalk clump is definitely rotting a little, but hey – there’s little baby leaves coming out of there!  So finally, today I took the last step….

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the celery, and…..

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the romaine.  I’ll keep you posted on the progress now that they are in the ground.  Seems like a pretty cool way to cut my costs at least in half for celery and romaine, although technically I could make a new start from this start and they told 2 friends and so on, and so on.

This is especially magical because celery is in the top 3 kinds of produce (along with strawberries and apples) that retain the most pesticide residue.  Nasty, nasty pesticide residue, mostly organo-phosphates that can mess with nervous systems, especially of little people with developing nervous systems.  If you’d like to read more about the produce that does (and doesn’t) retain pesticide, check out Environmental Working Group’s list of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen @ http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/

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2 responses

  1. So the celery and romaine have survived a week in the garden. The celery seems to be flourishing, although I haven’t ever grown celery before, so I’m not sure when the stalks grow – before or after more leafing out happens? The romaine seems a little less sure of it’s new environment but what’s there is still green, so it’s alive… right?

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