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Last year I (perhaps foolishly) allowed a Celery Leaf plant to flower in my garden. It produced thousands of seeds, many of which have now decided to grow.
|Photo from July 2016|
Can you see the big open tub at the right of the photo above – the one with Asparagus growing in it? Well, the whole surface of that tub was until recently almost completely covered with tiny Celery Leaf seedlings. But then I though “Shouldn’t I rip them out, because the Asparagus will be appearing before very long?” I am also aware that Celery Leaf seedlings make a delectable, though pungent, salad ingredient. So I hedged my bets and kept “just a few”.
Thinking about it now, I reckon that what I’ll do is transplant some of the seedlings to a more sensible location, so that I can freshen-up the tub prior to the arrival of the first spears of Asparagus. Before that though, I may well take a crop of the lovely tasty little leaves!
Ironically, I saved a big bag of Celery Leaf seeds last year too, just in case none of the naturally-sown ones survived! I don’t think they will be needed.
By the way, if you haven’t already discovered Celery Leaf, I recommend you try it. It’s easy to grow (Evidently. See above!), and very convenient to have around. Just a couple of leaves added to a soup stew or stock give your dish a delightful intensely savoury flavour. You don’t need a lot of it though, because of its strong taste - perhaps a small clump of 5 or 6 plants? This my original plant, which I cut down to ground level after it had flowered.
Despite the Winter frosts, and the current rain, it seems to have survived very well. I had expected it to die after flowering, so this is a bonus.
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