yes, it goes on and on my friends!
This is a great idea that I came across on a forum and found the instructions here on this great blog, Chickens in the Road. The basic concept is that when you buy a bunch of celery at the farmers’ market or supermarket, instead of throwing away the end, plant it, because it will give you a brand new bunch of celery! Theoretically, one should never have to buy celery again.
Well, this may sound like a great frugal idea to many people. To me, it was more than a frugal idea. Here in small-city-Greece, celery is only available (ever) at the very largest supermarkets, and then, very, very infrequently. I looked for it in vain for Thanksgiving and Christmas; all of November, December, and January, I couldn’t find it anywhere! Celery is just not part of the Greek diet.
Greeks eat something else instead: wild celery, which has very slender stalks, so that a bunch of it resembles a bunch of herbs. It’s not “munchable” like celery, and its flavor is much stronger, so it doesn’t work for snacks or in salads. It’s mostly used in soups.
So for me, beyond the obvious frugal advantages, this represented the best chance for me to have celery when I want it. So, I did it!
First, I waited and waited until celery suddenly showed up in the supermarket one day. I bought two bunches and did a little dance of joy (dance not pictured).
I chopped off the ends, and placed them in bowls of water.
Then I sort of forgot about them… they sat on my counter while S got sick with a really nasty flu and I took care of him and tried to lay low and avoid getting sick myself.
When things started looking up, my celery had already started emerging! So I poked some holes in the bottom of two yogurt containers (we love yogurt!) and filled them with potting soil and celery. Watered and done!
I think these guys are going to want a lot of water. I’ll update when they are ready to be used, so we can see how long it takes. I’m going to be keeping them indoors in front of the window because it’s still freezing at night here.
It’s always fun to do something yourself, isn’t it?