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Monday, July 7, 2008

Quick note on celery

Celery is often referred to as a vegetable, but it is actually a herb. It is a biennial plant, growing well in moist soil in a sunny position.

Growing conditions:
Thin your plants out by transplanting them, and water well every 3 days and pile compost and sand around the plants base. The seeds can be collected as soon as it is ripe and kept in airtight bottles until ready to plant.

For drying, plant should be pulled up that are going into the flowering stage, or pick off the outside leaves throughout the year

Celery and leeks enjoy growing next to each other, as do tomatoes and bush beans

An excellent compost maker. It helps to break down the compost and can be layered
between lawn clippings to break them down quickly.

An infusion of celery leaves makes an excellent cleanser for oily skin. Pour 2 cups
of boiling water over a cup of celery leaves and allow to cool, then strain. This can be added to the rinsing water for oily hair

Celery is great for weight loss and rheumatism. It also relieves flatulence. An infusion made with celery leaves or seeds is an effective diuretic

Celery, dried or fresh, can be used in soups, salads, stews or bouquet garnis.
The flavour combines well with most vegetables.
Celery seeds can be used to flavour savoury dishes and also in salad dressings, as
it cuts down on salt intake

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