Celeriac update

Celeriac foliage Celeriac root

Well, I survived it. Thank Heaven. Actually, this year was quite a good one… and I don’t say that too often about Christmas.

Here’s the celeriac update I promised. My high hopes at the start of the year resulted in a row of shite. Well, at least this year they weren’t stolen (what kind of brain-dead thief would swipe these?).

As you can see, the foliage looks promising… but there’s no bulb underneath. Reason: the driest summer I can ever remember. Celeriac is a swampy plant that demands damp soil. And this year, I simply couldn’t provide.

13 Responses to “Celeriac update”

  1. Carrie Says:

    Oh such a sad story…Ours on the other hand has done fabulously! *SMUG grin* We have clay based soil and have obviously had a lot more rain than you here in Northern Ireland. God I love celeriac, we’ve been eating it regularly for months and have loads more to go. Raised beds are the way to go and water water water my friend. These veggies can not be allowed to beat you xxx

  2. Patrick Says:

    Who would steal celeriac??

    The last two years have been bad ones for celeriac for me. I’ve had a new garden in that time, so perhaps it’s the local climate, but my roots have also been very small.

  3. Soilman Says:

    Carrie: Ooo, I never suspected you had a cruel streak…

    Patrick: I know. Incredible, isn’t it? Half my plants were swiped last year just as they had reached perfection. I’m kind of stunned anybody would like celeriac enough to nick it… I mean, they left the sweetcorn, which IS worth stealing IMHO.

  4. altadenahiker Says:

    We’re suffering from stunted growth over here. All the seeds came up, they’re just not doing anything about it.

  5. Carrie Says:

    *hangs head in shame* – Sorry Soilman, Christmas does something to me, all that joy and cheer – I turn into a grinchess. Hugs for a better celeraic year in 2010 x

  6. Soilman Says:

    Don’t be daft, I’m pulling your leg!!!

  7. Carrie Says:

    Hope they all get stolen then you cheeky bugger! x

  8. Soilman Says:

    That’s more like it!

  9. Tanya Walton Says:

    Well I have never grown or eaten the stuff…and as I’m not keen on watering maybe it isn’t a good thing for me to try…mmmmmm???????

  10. Soilman Says:

    You’d be OK with celeriac if your soil is clay like Carrie’s, or otherwise water-retentive, Tanya. Or if you live Oop North, where it rains constantly (*laughs evilly*).

    Otherwise, yes… I’m afraid celeriac demands a lot of watering.

  11. Rachael Says:

    A dry summer??? Was it????? Well, mine got to about it’s usual size, (maybe very slightly bigger..) but I haven’t dared go and look at it because with all this frost I am expecting it all to have turned to mush. And there was still loads left…

  12. Kathy Says:

    No problem over here (Boston) with dryness this year. The opposite. I had roast celeriac with New Year’s dinner today. Delicious. But if I had the choice, I’d prefer some sun this summer.

  13. Soilman Says:

    I’m with you, Kathy. This year, I got the worst of both worlds: no rain, and no sun either. 🙁