Celery seedlings by the hundreds
It is at this time of the year I start considering shortcuts. There are too few hours in the day for all that we need much less want to do, right? Why NOT just hop a fence here and there.
Well, even shortcuts require forethought. Forethought, or at least opportunity. Note, for example, the positively crazy self-germination of the open-pollinated Golden Self-Blanching celery above. One plant (one!) out of 15 went to seed last year, its first year: these polite biennials generally wait until their second spring to do so. Like all the umbelliferae, they’re prolific in the extreme…they believe in lots of seeds. But anyone who’s tried to grow parsley or celery from seed will tell you it’s a trying endeavor. They require soaking, they require up to 21 days to actually poke their heads above the soil. They require effort, in other words.
And guess what I have in the greenhouse: about 60 plants, three inches taller than these, that I have painstakingly sown indoors, coddled for weeks, and transplanted.
Humbug. Where’s a fence to jump?