a whole post on that.
There was more grass growing in the Pond than on my back lawn, so I decided to do some weeding. I got out the twist ties I normally use to tie up tomatoes when I'm growing them and pulled in the little bushes of celery so I could get under them.
Huge moment of epiphany. Those bands around the celery in the market are because celery grows wide as a bush! The farmers have to bind them to make them grow up instead. I've been waiting since late winter for the magical point at which the plants only grow upward in a tight column. Somehow, none of the sites I checked when they were seedlings mentioned that.
So really, celery is more of an herb than a vegetable. We've just decided to use the stalks more and the leaves rarely. It's like growing cilantro, which also has edible stems.
And at some point, I will start picking some stalks and using them.