I just went out to check my celery, and the stems are quite small but the center is large, looks as if it might be going to seed. Should I leave it in the ground or pick it?

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You could cut it leaving 2 inches left in the ground.  Wash it well, and use it in soup.  I do cut & freeze celery for other cooking projects.  I also save the bottoms of store bought celery and put them in a little bowl with water and plant them when the center starts growing  green thru it.  Garden celery has a more flavorful taste than what the store has.
by Master Gardner (152k points)
They love early morning sun and afternoon shade.........best temps 59-70 a long growing season......8 to 10 weeks..............you can slightly tie the stalks together and let them grow.  The taste is much better than the store.  Makes great cream of celery soup or potatoe soup........fantastic in German or American potatoe salad........also great with cream cheese or peanut butter inside the cleaned stalks.  Starting when the ground is 50 & up we save the bottom 2 inches of the store bought celery and just plant it............during the winter you can put it in a flat container and put a little water and grow roots.............then transplant to dirt in a sunny window......then they are ready when the ground is 50 degrees...........they won't hold up over winter unless you have a green house.  We are working on one permanent one.
by Master Gardner (152k points)

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