Sowing, pricking out and planting went pretty well, as did creating the trenches and the plants are growing strongly.
Now, then, I get to the bit I’ve not been looking forward to – blanching. Th old gardening books insist you earth them up like spuds but it a) looks like hard work and b) looks as though you’ll get a celery plant full of soil. So I’ve decided to go for what I understand is the modern way – wrapping something round them to cut out the light.
I’ve not been able to find a definitive answer to exactly what that something should be. I’m wary of plastic in case it makes the stems sweat, so I’m thinking newspaper.
Even there I’m hedging my bets – I’m trying basic newsprint (the Telegraph Gardening Section in case you’re wondering…) and a paper with a slight gloss on it (The London Review of Books).
I suspect it’s down to which is most absorbent (I couldn’t possibly comment on which is most absorbing). Will the plain newsprint get a bit soggy when it’s watered? Should I have put earth round the paper?
Who can tell…