Celeriac 2009: Will I get to eat it this year?

Celeriac seedlings

Well, here we go again. Celeriac’s always first up because it takes so bloody long to grow.

These were sown weeks ago, but they’re still minuscule. Haven’t even got their first true leaves yet.

They’ll get there in the end, but the waiting is pretty painful. This time, perhaps, I’ll manage to harvest them before the phantom celeriac thief on our site. Sonofabitch stole a dozen of my plants last October, and I’m still very bitter about it.

8 Responses to “Celeriac 2009: Will I get to eat it this year?”

  1. Eliane Says:

    That is really mean. It takes so long for the damn things to grow. We’re going to attempt them this year. I must get some sown soon.

  2. VP Says:

    Oh God – I’m late with my sowing already 🙁

  3. Rachael Says:

    Well, yours look bigger than mine, and I’m sure I sowed mine FIRST !!

  4. Matron Says:

    I’ve given up growing aubergines and peppers from seed for the same reason. They just take too darn long.

  5. Sue Says:

    I think this crop must have something which makes it irresistable to thieves. If you are as old as me you may remember that Tom Good had problems with a celeriac thief. Lets hope you don’t have to resort to the same solution with the same unfortunate outcome.

  6. Soilman Says:

    You’re absolutely right, Sue!

    Had no idea celeriac was so bloody popular. Last year I grew hundreds of huge and wonderful carrots and not a single one was nicked (not by human beings, anyway). Just what IS it about celeriac, anyway?

  7. Gemma Says:

    Celeriac Thief’s – that is really funny! What has the world come to now?

    I suppose you can put that down to having a successful blog!

    You could put them off this year by labelling something similar looking as Celeriac and have the last laugh if they were nicked, however how about Bees? Why not get a hive this year and plant your Celeriac around that.

    I am sure the nasty person will think twice about nicking it then!


    Sorry, it is probably not nice of me to laugh, but I can’t help thinking that the quest to obtain the perfect vegetable against all animal and weather odds is bad enough without throwing in the human aspect too.

  8. allotment blogger Says:

    It’s not funny at all. This kind of theft is so horrible – happened to an elderly lady on a neighbouring site last year who had her entire leek crop stolen. Not only were they vegetables that she’d been relying on to supplement her winter food budget, which wasn’t large, she no longer felt safe being up there on her own in case the thief came back and got nasty with her next time. She gave up her plot in December …