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18/02/2014 at 18:29

The other thread on the old Bhurarb got me wondering. 

What varieties have you all got and which do you like best and why? I've got Glaskin's Perpetual, though I've not tried it and I may have lost it, literally, can't see it anywhere,. and two seed grown ones which I totally have no idea what variety they are unfortunately as that was before I made notes on everything, foolishly thinking I'd remember it all. 

Thanks

18/02/2014 at 18:38

I should grow rhubarb, love the stuff.

I have quite a big garden but whoever lived there before me buried carpets, concrete and everything else he could. Garden is un-diggable, so raised beds is the only answer.

So depending on how much work I can do this year before the growing seasons, I be just growing my runner beans on my small patch.

18/02/2014 at 19:31

I grow a cople of varieties but I thi k the best is Stockbridge Arrow.  Large succulent sticks of sweet taste over long period..

18/02/2014 at 19:53

I have loads of rhubarb but have no idea of the variety. Got it first in 1985/86 from a gardener in a big house when he was retiring. Still enjoying it 20 someting years later. It has grown to about 8 inches tall already this year.

18/02/2014 at 19:54

I've just taken over an allotment that has one, lonely Timperley early!

I shall definitely be getting some more varieties though, love rhubarb.

18/02/2014 at 19:58

We only have one crown so far - Timperley Early -  it's naturally an early cropper and we encourage this along gently under a forcing pot and it has a lovely flavour - we'll be pulling our first sticks this weekend. 

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/37772.jpg?width=350

 This way we harvest rhubarb while it's expensive in the shops and when the cheaper maincrop rhubarb is available we rest our own plant.

18/02/2014 at 23:04

I love rhubarb and inherited my plant when we moved here, I have no idea of the variety but it makes great chutney and crumbles 

It isn't doing much yet though so presume it's not an early variety.

 

19/02/2014 at 09:04
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

We only have one crown so far - Timperley Early -  it's naturally an early cropper and we encourage this along gently under a forcing pot and it has a lovely flavour - we'll be pulling our first sticks this weekend. 

 This way we harvest rhubarb while it's expensive in the shops and when the cheaper maincrop rhubarb is available we rest our own plant.


 That's a great idea Dove. I've heard of Timperly Early and Verdun's Stockbridge Arrow. There's always room for more. It's a nice looking plant anywhere in the garden.

David, that's shocking! I had a bit of a problem with that. Down at the bottom in the darkest part of the garden where they had their green house!!? They'd buried what looked like huge curb stone, but they were covered in a purple glaze. They were about six inches thick and 18" x 24" and weighed a ton. Thankfully they smashed up without too much difficulty with a lump hammer. It was hard work but it was the only way I was going to get them out. I pounded some of it to dust while singing blue grass tunes to myself. And we've had at least three big skips filled with 2x3 1950's paving slabs they covered the garden with. We've still got about 50 under the 'patio'. Why do people do that to their garden. Obviously they just see it as a municipal tip! It will be hard work but you could get rid of it. I never thought I'd get rid of what I have.

Thanks everyone. Anyone else?

23/02/2014 at 17:18

I bought Timperlly Early today and one of those nice Terracotta Cloches, Dove. The GC had them for just £20. They had Victoria, Timperly Early, & I think Stockbridge. I hadn't heard of Victoria so resisted buying a second. It was in a 3ltr pot for £5.00. I thought that was a good deal. They had them bare root for £2.00 but they were much smaller roots. 

23/02/2014 at 17:21

I have temperley early, Victoria, and have today planted valentine x 2 and raspberry red ( which is already a winner in my book)

23/02/2014 at 17:23

I'm to make a rhubarb crumble tomorrow or the next day (depending on the outcome of my visit to the dentist tomorrow morning) 

23/02/2014 at 18:28
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

I'm to make a rhubarb crumble tomorrow or the next day (depending on the outcome of my visit to the dentist tomorrow morning) 

Ooh, hope all goes well Dove. I was wondering if you'd picked yours today when I spied the forcing cloche. 

Hi Stacey, I was just reading about Victoria as one of the three best varieties. I never took Rhubarb very seriously. When I was a kid we had a plant in the garden and I just took it for granted. Cut it and ate it whenever I fancied some. It never occurred to me that there could be good ones and even better ones.

Where did you get the others from? They seem expensive on line, that's without the shipping. 

23/02/2014 at 18:41

I'm just so pleased after years of failing with Rhubarb that the Timperly Early has appeared again for the second year running. I'm wondering if it's the soil here in the Fens, a friend who is a very experienced fruit and veg gardener has just about given up with rhubarb. I tend to make rhubarb fool, but with Greek yoghurt not cream.

On a different fruit theme, am sitting here drinking homemade pear wine (I think they are Concord Pears) from 2011: delicious

23/02/2014 at 18:49

I've just had a look at which Rhubarb i've got and its Early Red. Has anyone got this or know how it tastes? 

23/02/2014 at 18:55

Artjak - the pear wine sounds like lovely. I didn't even realise you could make Pear wine. That's what I love about this forum I learn't something new! 

23/02/2014 at 19:09

I love Concorde pears - we planted one here when we moved in - it's taking it's time to get going - and I love home made wine 

23/02/2014 at 19:20

Allium2, you can make wine from virtually anything, possibly even alliums

23/02/2014 at 19:22

http://www.wine-making-guides.com/onion_wine.html 

Not sure that I'll try it tho'

24/02/2014 at 10:56

So, are we talking bout pears now?  

24/02/2014 at 14:48

Heyyyyy, I decided I'd scrape around where I thought my Glaskins Perpetual was and I found it, I'd accidentally covered it over with mulch and thankfully it hadn't rotted. While looking for the Rhubarb I inadvertently scraped up a bit of wild garlic and when I was searching for somewhere to plant it again as I dragged back the soil up came one of the labels for the unidentified rhubarb. 

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38222.jpg?width=350

 

Talk about Serendipity! I told you I'd not heard of Victoria.  

 

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