My mother is the 3rd child and the first girl in her family of nine (9) children. She comes from a line of farmers.
Her father was a rice-farmer that primarily mass-produced rice for selling, but supplemented his income by farming other vegetables for everyday use.
He also raised cattle, sheep, pigs, a pond with fish while my grandmother raised chickens as meat birds, layers for eggs and yard chickens or free-range fowl.
The rice farm was located about six (6) miles from the home and during crop season my grandpa would often stay at his farm.
My mother’s 2 older brothers would wake early before school and go to the farm to bring up the days cow’s milk for home use and for sale.
My grandpa also planted hearty root vegetables like yuca (cassava), eddoes, yams, etc. So my uncles would also bring to the house whatever he had reaped along with any fishes he had caught.
Back then life was hard work, so my mum learned how to grow plants from her father.
We currently live in Texas and since the weather is generally warm for about 4-5 months per year it is really conducive to planting. So she plants vegetables each year and she has become quite proficient at it.
So here she is planting celery leftover from cooking.
Place the base of the root in a small cup or container with a third of water. The root base will remain in the water for up to two weeks.
Add more water as is necessary as some will be used by the plant and some will be evaporated.
Soon the leaves will begin to sprout from the center if the heart and begin to thrive. It is a beautiful process, watching things grow.
The celery begin growing and sprouting roots. It will remain soaked in water for up to two weeks.
Purchase soil for flowering plants indoor and outdoors and please ensure the roots are approximately two inches before planting in soil. we usually purchase our soil from Lowes or Walmart.
With moderate sunshine they should be available for eating very soon.
Celery takes a about 4 months to be ready but you can cut a few stalks here and there throughout the growing process.
When the plant grows to about 6 inches high is a reasonable time to start harvesting.
Use your judgement.
You may harvest a few stalks while the plant is maturing by pulling off a few outer ones, this leaves the inner hearts intact and they will continue to grow and flourish.
Benefits of Celery:
- Reduce inflammation
- Purported to reduce high blood pressure
- Reduces LDL (bad cholesterol)
- Helps detoxify your liver
- Clears up your skin
- Neurogenesis (helps grow new nerve cells)
- Lots of fiber to help keep you regular
Celery is a sturdy plant that will keep growing throughout the year, just provide some moderate shade and enjoy!
Happy growing and happy eating.
Eat healthy, be well, be safe!