Saturday, January 22, 2011

Seed Starting and Apologies

During the snow last week I went back and looked through last January's posts and realized I was about two weeks late in starting my fall seeds in comparison to last year. WOW! I cant' believe that time has flown by so fast. I haven't even taken the last of the fall broccoli out of the garden yet. Last year we lucked out in that spring weather came pretty early, but I'm not as hopeful this year, but we'll see.

Today I started some bib lettuce, a lettuce variety mix, rainbow chard, broccoli and those small Gonzalez cabbages I tried last year. They worked out really well in the SFG, so I did some more of those as well as a savoy leaf one. I'm excited for those. I also planted one more thing - something I haven't tried before- but I need to first offer an apology to the lettuce seeds I berated last year for being too small. I now know their superiority and gigantic size for I have met the true fiend of the veggie seed world: the celery seed.

Yes, I'm trying celery for the first time and have no idea what I'm doing. I started them inside since I'm thinking they, like everything else on this planet, will not grow well at all in the GA summer and as much of a head start I can give them, the better. I'd love any and all suggestions you can offer on growing celery, however....


  1. I've grown celery for 2 or 3 years and have had absolutely no problems with it. I think that this is a good time for you to start it. I should start mine soon also.

    I start mine inside and then transplant it outside one month before our last frost. I did add some manure compost to my beds last year. I had a great crop last year and froze several pounds.

    Good luck...oh, it looks like parsley when it is small.

  2. I can't wait to start our seeds. We have to wait until March for our zone. We are growing celery for the first time this year too. Looking forward to it.

  3. Wow! A month before the last frost? That's soon for us. Thanks, Robin!

  4. I need to get a few things planted too, but only enough for the coldframe. I'm beginning to think winter will never end....

  5. Oh! I'm glad I read this.. I was wondering yesterday when I should start celery... since I'm in GA as well, NW GA, sheesh.. I better get a move on!

    Thanks for the tip.


  6. This will be my first year for celery too. I haven't a clue how to grow it, but I'm sure I'll learn.

  7. Meems, I don't know if I shouldn't wait a bit longer as well.

    EG, this is crazy isn't it. We have a nother system moving in also.

    Wendy...don't bank on me. I'm flying blind when it comes to the celery. ;)

  8. I'll be watching that celery! We can't do it here since it's too hot & humid, it's big in the Pacific Northwest though. Hope it doesn't turn out like my "shade corn" LOL

  9. Celery shouldn't cause any problems. It can take a little while to germinate though. They like lots of water too when it is hot.