Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Carrots, Beets, Celery, and Leeks Raised Bed

This year, I tried Annie's Granny seed mat method to plant my carrot seeds. It did really well. Here you see it at the top of the photo.  Yes, there are some spots were the seed did not germinate, so I had to go in and add more seeds where there are empty spots.  I can't wait to pull the purple carrots to see how they taste!!  Below the carrots, the beets are growing well too.  However, again, they are some empty spots.  In fact, they were worst than the carrots, so many of the seeds didn't germinate. I ran out of beet seeds, so I filled in the missing spots with radishes.
In this photo, (a bad photo, I'm sorry) are leeks and Utah celery.  The leeks are doing well, but wow, do they grow S L O W L Y.  I'm so impatient!!  The Utah celery seeds were given to me in a seed swap from Food Garden Kitchen.  I'm really loving growing celery because celery is part of the dirty dozen list, (fruits and vegetables that contain the most pesticides).  Knowing that I can grow organic celery and not have to eat pesticide in my food, is pretty awesome.  Does anyone know, is there a way to preserve celery, either by freezing, canning, or drying?  I wonder if I can put celery in the dehydrator.  Have you done this before?


  1. You can freeze uncooked celery. I follow a blog called The Modern Victory Garden, an excellent blog exclusively about food gardening. She recently posted about chopping celery up into chunks, laying it in a pan and freezing it, then putting it in ziploc bags for storage.

    Here's a link to her post.


  2. Freezing celery is easy. Just chop it up, spread out on a cookie sheet, and place in the freezer. Once frozen, add to a zipper freezer bag. This way you can scoop out what you need and they won't be frozen together.

  3. I also freeze my celery. The leeks may be slow growers but you will really enjoy them in the fall and winter when most other veggies are done!

  4. Mind out putting radishes with other stuff. They grow so fast the leaves stop the surrounding plants getting a good level of light.

  5. Hey Mimi - your stuff if looking good :) I was going to suggest freezing the celery too.

    Here is my post on the mushrooms http://novicelife.blogspot.com/2011/05/growing-portabellas.html -- hubby did most of it. I bought him a kit for his bday and if I understand right, it was dirt that had spores in it already somewhere and he kept in moist and the portabella's started to grow.

  6. Sometimes watching them grow is like watching water boil!


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