Show And Tell: "C" Is For Celery

"C" is for the celery that is taking over my yard!

Let me start by saying that I love to garden.  My kids also  love to garden (play in the dirt).  The problem is I am a down right lousy gardener when it comes to growing vegetables.  I never know when to harvest. I always plant in the wrong places.  More over,   I often just totally forget about the plant.  Case in point the giant zucchini we grew two years ago.  It was part of the Caption Monkey contest. Link

Last year I once again felt inspired to teach my kids about agriculture.   We planted a little six pack of celery in the same place I planted the giant zucchini. ( I am starting to think this area is cursed.)  The little guys grew, but not that much.  So, I decided to just leave them and not bother harvesting them. Big mistake. Fast forward to this year.

The giant celery plant isn't the real problem. The bigger problem is that we now have little celery plants every where in the yard. Who knew they would seed themselves like that?

The positive spin that I am trying to sell my husband: I just read that store bought celery is full of pesticides.  According to a report on CNN, store bought, non-organic celery can contain between 47-67 pesticides per serving.  Link

And, there was that study a few weeks ago about ADHD being linked to pesticide exposure.  Link So, really if you think about it the kids and I are doing us all a favor by growing lots and lots of healthy organic celery.

What do you think?

Regardless, I figure there is still plenty of celery for show and tell at school.  I bet there will be even more when the fall semester rolls around.

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