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Update and thanks

Post  curio on 3/5/2012, 12:01 pm

HI all. We spent the weekend getting the last two large beds set up for SFG. This involved digging all the "good" soil out of the large tomato bin and moving it to the front yard where we are re-landscaping and constructing a rain garden.
Then while Steve was working with the front yard, I mixed MM for the 4x10" box with a 2x2' carrot riser in one corner, and the 2x8' tomato bin (filled to 12" deep) and got that done.
I want to give a HUGE thanks to Boffer for the generous offer of some of your home-made 5 way compost and those two bags of vermiculite! WOW... we were astounded by your generosity... and really enjoyed visiting with you and seeing your gardens.
Anyway... back to the garden. I got another of the potato bins constructed, and the ground cleared for that one and the last one to be built. I'll hopefully be able to get that one done later this week. Today, Mother Nature is giving that 4x8 a good thorough watering (along with the others).
I moved the cole crop seedlings to the greenhouse to harden off a few days until I can get them planted under the cloche later this week.

I have to ask... does celeriac really taste like celery? If so I think I may get some seed and try it out.
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Post  walshevak on 3/5/2012, 12:24 pm

Celery is impossible to get in most of Eastern Europe so that's where I learned about celeriac. The leaves and stems are very much celery flavored, but the root is similiar, but not exact. But it made a good substitute in my oriental stir fry and potato salad.

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Post  Chopper on 3/5/2012, 11:32 pm

It does and it doesn't. And it is more dense. There are some super recipes for it - mainly European. I swear to God I will find mine and post it eventually.

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Post  Lavender Debs on 3/6/2012, 3:03 am

The top has the essence of celery but not the mouth feel. The peppery-ness of the leaves is more like mature parsley with a nod to celery.

No idea what the raw root tastes like, which is odd because I always taste things but I did not taste raw celeriac.

The tops share their family essence in stocks and stuffing. In a pinch they share that same note in creamy dressings that you might put on a potato or pasta salad but I would not use the tops as a raw element of those same salads.

The raw root cuts like water chestnut or jicama but so few peeps have tried those that the explanation may fall short. For such a hard, crisp raw vegetable it becomes mashable. The overwhelming impression I get from the addition of the root to the few soups I have used it in is a nutty background note (does that make sense?) that celery itself does not give.

Celeriac is to celery as leeks are to onions. The same but different.
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Post  RoOsTeR on 3/6/2012, 7:47 am

I want to give a HUGE thanks to Boffer for the generous offer of some of your home-made 5 way compost and those two bags of vermiculite! WOW... we were astounded by your generosity... and really enjoyed visiting with you and seeing your gardens.

Way to go boffer It's not the first time I've heard of you helping out other members.

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Celery and Celeriac

Post  curio on 3/6/2012, 8:21 am

Thanks Debs... looks like I'm going to need to plant some of that and test it out. Smile Your description made perfect sense to me!
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Post  Lavender Debs on 3/6/2012, 8:52 am

I made sense?!? What a kind thing for you to say (what are the odds?)
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Post  curio on 3/6/2012, 8:56 am

Well... it could be that we think alike... don't know if that's a good thing or bad. Razz
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Post  Lavender Debs on 3/6/2012, 8:57 am

I could hug you!
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Post  curio on 3/7/2012, 2:18 pm

Up: The lettuce I planted out yesterday afternoon under the cloche made it through our 27 degree night/early morning temps, as did the leeks and onions. I also got the first carrots, onion sets, turnips and beets sown.
Down: There is NO ONE in Olympia that has celeriac seed, so I might have to wait until next year. Oh well... will perhaps give me time to actually try some first.

Up: I found a planting list that hopefully will give me advice for this part of the state to actually be able to harvest several additional crops over the winter and into spring (some that I hadn't thought of)
Down: Territorial is sold out of one of the winter hardy (under cloche) lettuce mixes for this year. I'll be ordering the other variety I found on Friday.

Up: Will be ordering worms for the worm bin on Friday.
Down: Is there anyone out there willing to come help me unload a 4x6'x3' (tall) bin of compost and lug it around to the front, mix in perlite and put it where it needs to go? No?? I figured Razz

I'll be up potting tomato, pepper and celery seedlings tonight, building another trellis tomorrow, and then going over past Shelton for that bunny and chicken "black gold"
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Post  Furbalsmom on 3/7/2012, 3:27 pm

Up: I found a planting list that hopefully will give me advice for this part of the state to actually be able to harvest several additional crops over the winter and into spring (some that I hadn't thought of)

Curio, was this an online list, because it certainly would be nice to have that available for the PNW forum so other Washington State members could access it.

Would you be kind enough to share??? Pretty Please, with sugar on top?
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Northwest Planting for Year 'Round harvest

Post  curio on 3/7/2012, 5:13 pm

Here ya go. http://www.nwedible.com/2012/02/planning-for-a-year-round-harvest-when-you-need-the-big-picture.html

To be able to save it, make changes to it, etc, you will need to download it to Excel or the comparable Mac program.

I added the varieties I have found that I like, and color coded those that I would like to have based on who offers the seed.
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