Mr Fluttergrub – a host replies

Jun 1, 2015

Host Lesley Greene wrote to us, using info@wwoof.org.uk, to say: 

Dear Mr Fluttergrub 

Your article (WWOOF UK News, Issue 246) on growing celeriac was very good. I have only had intermittent success with celeriac – until last year, 2014. I have always grown celeriac in the way you suggest in your article, but last year, with help from our very special WWOOFer Jessica Bauman, decided to plant out the seedlings using companion planting methods. 

Jessica planted three thick rows of leeks (Bulgarian Giant from Real Seeds) then one double row of celeriac protected by old yoghurt pots. Then another thick three rows of leeks. In between we planted carrots under yoghurt pots too. Well, I don’t know whether it was the companion planting or the magic power of an amazing WWOOFer but in 2014 our celeriac crop was STUNNING! Yes, just as good as ‘shop bought’ (but organic and much better!) ……and the carrots were really good. 

In fact I am writing this to you now, on February 28th 2015, and we have just eaten a lovely salad of a grated celeriac, pulled from the straw covered ground a couple of hours ago, and dressed with a mustard and home made mayonnaise dressing – delicious. 

I thoroughly recommend practising companion planting and, of course, a wonderful WWOOFer!! 

Thanks for telling us about your experience Lesley and we’d love to hear other people’s views—and to know about their wonderful WWOOFers!

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