We were surprised to read recently the statement from one whom we are accustomed to look up to as a leader in vegetable growing, that it was a waste of time to be continually earthing up celery. Better wait till fall and then make one job of the whole. The fact is that blanching is a process of growth. The leaves must grow white, and if we leave a celery stalk complete its growth before we earth it up, it will blanch out very little if at all thereafter.

One of the greatest of arts in celery growing is to know how to earth it up for blanching. If we do it too rapidly, or cover too deeply at each earthing, it will check growth. If we leave it too late, or do too little, there is too much green waste. Little and often is the golden rule in earthing celery.

Gardening Illustrated has the following:

"Although I know that it is the usual practice in celery culture to repeatedly earth it up while growing, I certainly do not think it necessary to do this when it is growing rapidly; more than that, I think it is bad practice. A little sprinkling of earth, pushed down after a heavy watering to prevent evaporation, is all I should give during the growing season, and I know it to be a fact that some of those who grow the finest celery in the country do not earth until full growth is attained. Indeed, some of them do not earth it at all, but effect the blanching by other means. That some old professionals of fifty years experience, and many other persons, pursue quite a different course, I am well aware; yet one would think that a single hint would suffice to point out that it is difficult to give abundant waterings to celery, and impossible for it to benefit by the natural rains, if we pile a sharply sloping bank of firm earth close along each line long before the plants have attained maturity of growth. And no plant is more benefited by profuse waterings than this, naturally an inhabitant of very wet places.

The repeated earthings which celery receives in the majority of gardens are not only harmful to the celery, but the cause of a great waste of time and labor".

We extract it for our readers because we think it is not American experience that frequent earthing up injures celery, and we should like to have our readers tell what they know about it. Of course, earthing it up before the plant has got strength and vigor is an injury, but we doubt whether there is any injury after that. On the other hand, the most crisp celery we believe follows frequent earthings.