The Cottage Gardener

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We have been providing rare and endangered heirloom varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers to gardeners and market growers since 1996. Our online catalogue has over 650 heirloom seed varieties available, in retail packet sizes and bulk amounts. We have one of the most diverse selections of Certified Organic seeds in Canada, and we add to this each year.

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Celeriac

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  1. A Description of Celeriac

    (Apium graveolens) (Aka Celery Root, Turnip-Rooted Celery, Knob Celery). It's Beauty and it's The Beast, Jekyll and Hyde, both Cinderella and the Ugly Stepsister. I could go on with my fairy tale analogy but hopefully I've made my point: this ancient root vegetable's ugly exterior hides a beautiful interior that is both delicious and nutritious. Related to celery, but grown for its large, round root, celeriac originated in the Mediterranean Basin and has been widely grown throughout Europe since the Middle Ages. Once you peel away the dirty-looking, knobby, hairy skin, you find crisp, white flesh with a delicate flavour reminiscent of its celery heritage. It can be eaten raw or cooked and I love that it is one of the few root vegetables that has hardly any starch yet tastes starchy and almost no calories but is filling. Our favourite way of having it is oven-roasted celeriac chips - easy as pie (easier!) and a great french fry substitute! Cultivation: celeriac needs lots of moisture and regular watering. Compost or well-aged manure will help retain the moisture in the soil and it should be fed regularly. Pre-soaking seed for 12 hours aids germination, which will be slow and erratic. Start early indoors in cooler climates and harden off very gradually. Once established, they should be free of competition from weeds and thinned so that the roots can get big. Grow in sun or part-shade. Harvest after the first soft frosts but before hard frosts. Companions: lettuce, peas and spinach.

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