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    "There are three types of celery. The hardiest are the trench varieties, which you need to blanch by earthing up."
    "Start blanching trench celery when the plants are about 30 cm high, first by filling in the trench and then by earthing up more soil around them."

    What do "blanch", "filling in and "earth up" mean here?

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    "...plants have to grow fast with an endless supply of water to hand."

    What does "to hand" mean?

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    "On hungry soils, a liquid feed given a month or so after transplanting may be beneficial."

    Does "liquid feed" simply mean "to water the soil"?

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    "Recommended Cultivars
    'Celebrity': early and resistant to bolting.
    'Victoria': early, crunchy and well flavoured.

    What does "early" mean here?

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    1- If you blanch aplany, you keep it in the dark, or reduce the amount of light it gets to keep it whiter. 'Fill in' basically means fill the trench. 'Earth up' is to pile soil up to block the light.
    2- 'to hand' means near you, in a convenient place
    3- It's liquid plant food to give extra nutrients, usually added to the water
    4- It means that is is ready early in the seaon, before the majority of types of celery.

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    And what is "bolting"?

    Besides, what is "blistering" as in "White maggots inside the leaves cause serious brown blistering."?

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    Blister would mean that the surface was affected, like when you burn yourself. Could you give me the context for 'bolting'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Blister would mean that the surface was affected, like when you burn yourself. Could you give me the context for 'bolting'?
    Plants outgrow their usable/edible stage - lettuce bolts at temperatures around 75 Fahrenheit - instead of a harvestable plant you have a flowering plant whose leaves changed consistency and taste. Its use - compost.

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    Thank you.

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