Not only is garden celery better-tasting than store-bought types, but also it’s less chemically-laden. In cool spring and summer regions, plant celery in early spring. In warm spring and summer regions, plant celery in mid to late summer for harvest in late autumn or early winter. Here’s our advice on sowing, growing, and harvesting celery.
For us, celery is a staple in the garden because it’s so useful in the kitchen—for stews, stirfries, soups, and salads.
This cool-weather crop requires 16 weeks of cool weather to come to harvest. Celery is considered a hardy biennial, but it’s grown as an annual which is mainly grown for its edible 12- to 18-inch stalks. It’s not difficult to grow celery but you do need start celery from seed indoors; transplants are hard to find and do not always succeed.
There are two types of celery. Trenching celery needs soil mounded up against the stems as they grow to produce crisp, pale stems. To make this easier trenching celery is typically planted into trenches, hence the name, but some gardeners aid this blanching process using cardboard tubes, pipes or collars. The alternative is to grow self-blanching celery, which requires none of these extra steps. This makes it a lot easier to grow, and the stems are just as tasty!
Enjoy our video all about growing celery and then follow the planting, growing, and harvesting instruction below