Celery Harvest in Nov…

Last week we pulled up the celery, approx..12 plants

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they were big with lots of leaves..

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since I do like to push the limit with some plants and not really knowing what to do with all of it, ha, ha……I decided to try transplanting a couple to a warm spot covering them with lots of mulch..

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they are still looking good..

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Now..what to do with all of the celery…hmmm …I’ve made more  pesto with the leaves,  saving some for smoothies..

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chopped up a little for the freezer to use in stews, soups etc..

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The heart of this celery is so sweet, unlike the stems…

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I found an easy recipe for Cream Of Celery soup with out the cream…

Inspired by Jamie Oliver’s Cream Of Celery

Celery-1 head

Onions-1 large

Garlic- 1 clove

Sweat in a small amount of olive oil till tender, add seasonings and 1 Lt of Vegetable of Chicken Bouillon( I used low sodium)

Dried Dill-to taste ( I didn’t have parsley)

Pinch of cardamom ( I didn’t have Nutmeg)

Black Pepper to taste

simmer for approx. 15 min

Then I added a couple of tbsp. of Celery pesto

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let cool..

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puree

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Garnish with plain yogurt..

didn’t miss the cream at all 😉

we made several batches that are now in the freezer ..

Garlic…its time to get it planted…

Today is the day …this took a bit of prep last week. Crop rotation is a bit tricky at times , the bed I had planned to use for garlic was full of Swiss chard..

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I was determined to stick with my plan for crop rotation..so I decided to try transplanting them, even though I’ve never tried this before. Have you??

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So they went everywhere I could find room ..

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They are still a bit droopy I hope they pick up…These are the left overs. If they recover I’ll see if my neighbours would like them or they’ll go in the front border..

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Then.I really wanted to try testing the soil …

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Here’s what I used : 1/2 c. vinegar to test if the soil is alkaline and 1/2 cup of baking soda mixed with distilled water, for acidity, the one that bubbles determines the soils condition

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I just threw in a little scoop of soil, covered it with the liquids

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the vinegar didn’t even bubble

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the baking soda went crazy..tada…not really a surprise at all but it was fun to try

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lime and wood ash was added to neutralize the soil..

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the tiller was put to work

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Garlic prepped-200 Russian Red bulbs and 6 Elephant Garlic

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aren’t they huge!

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each hole had some organic bone meal added ..

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then the Mulch went on. I’m trying something new this year, leaves mixed with lawn clippings instead of straw. The straw I used this year became infested with black aphids…yuk..

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To keep the mulch in place, black mesh netting was placed over the top and held in place with metal clips..Garlic planted. Check! 🙂