Celery is succulent salad vegetable consisting of greenish white stalks and leaves with characteristic flavor. It is used for healing in herbal medicine. It contains several active compounds with apparent health benefits. It helps to reduce blood pressure, therefore it may lower the risk of a heart attack and stroke. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory, especially helpful in relief of gout and rheumatism. Because of its high calcium content, celery calms the nerves and relieve anxiety. It helps eliminate waste via the urine, due to the effect it has on the kidneys.
Soak seeds overnight in a hot-water bath. Place seeds in a container and pour water heated to about 88°C over them. After 24 hours, remove and sow immediately without drying.
Sow seeds anytime during the year.
Celery require highly fertile soil, plenty of moisture and cool temperatures to thrive.
In herbal medicine celery and its seeds are used in the treatment of gout and rheumatism and as a sedative to promote restful sleep.
For tender white stalks try blanching. Two weeks before harvest time, wrap the stalk cluster with cardboard, recycled kitchen roll tube, newspaper or black plastic tied with string, leaving the leafy top exposed to the sun, or cover the bottom two-thirds of each plant with straw.
Specimen plants which need a warmer climate zone than you have do well in sheltered, south-facing walls. The wall acts as a solar collector, absorbing heat during the day and releasing it at night, creating a small zone that is warmer than the rest of the garden.