Hi everyone.  It has been a long time since my last post.  I started this blog soon after retiring from the work-a-day world back in 2014.  Back then, I had lots of time on my hands and a desire to “get after it”.

Well, guess what.  Life intervened, I went back to work part time, my elderly mother needed much more care and attention, and fifty other excuses got in the way.  I lost my mojo.  Not saying I have it back, but here I am feeling the need to reach out and let the world know that Greg’s Garden Party is still a thing.

Part of the reason I felt the need to blog is the fact that I planted some seeds today; the first of many seeds to come.  This happened as a result of a recent conversation with my wife regarding how much celery we consume in our diet.  That led to a question: “Why are we not growing our own.”  I had to fess up that my previous attempts were less than noteworthy.  With some trepidation I consulted all of our gardening guides for some wisdom on the subject of celery.  There was nothing inspiring.

I went on line, read a bunch of  blog posts, watched a bunch of videos.  There are a whole lot of sites with information about growing celery; most of it lame at best.  Finally, I found a charming, informative and inspiring video called ” Growing Celery from Seed.  It was created by a Chinese woman by the name of Regine and her husband Kent Norman.

Regine grew up in a small farming community in Southern China, where she developed her passion for gardening.  She earned a degree in Chemistry, met Kent, an industrial/product engineer and they decided to make a life together in Florida.  Today, they manage a small business specializing in selling seeds of hard to find Asian vegetables.

Their science/engineering background is evident in the content, presentation and production of their videos.  I highly recommend checking out the video and their site www.asiangarden2table.com .

After watching the video, I ordered seeds.  Not realizing at that time that I could actually order seeds from Asian Garden 2 Table, I went to my go to Supplier Johnny’s Selected Seeds and purchased a variety called “Tango“.

Taking Regine’s advise, I soaked the seeds for twelve hours, drained them into a paper towel lined strainer, folded the paper towel, put it in a baggie and placed it in the refrigerator for twenty four hours.  The next day, I opened the paper towel and let the seeds dry out enough to handle.  Beware, celery seeds are very small.  Thankfully, I had a tool for that.  It’s called a mini wand seeder.  I have used it in the past to handle tiny herb, flower and vegetable seeds.

MINI WAND SEEDER

I got mine five years ago from Johnny’s and put it to good use planting the celery seeds.  My plant stand is in an unheated room so I placed the seed tray on a heat mat to maintain a temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit.  Now, I just need to keep the seeds moist and be patient.  It could take up to thirty days for the seeds to emerge.  I will keep you posted.

Needless to say, I am excited about beginning a new gardening year and I wish you all great success in your gardening endeavors.  There’s more to come.  I promise.

All the best,

Greg Garnache