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Posted: 29/05/2014 at 11:11

I do so love the summer.

The rain is much warmer.

Moving rhubarb

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 11:07
Steve 309 wrote (see)

I did exactly that last autumn and it worked well.  Until someone decided to pull every stalk from the best two plants.

Oh Steve that's awful! Was it a well intending family member (I can imagine my partner doing this not realising plants need a few stalks to remain) or a member of the public intent on getting as much free food as their dirty hands could get.

Things like this make me a little glad I have the space in the garden not to need an allotment. The greater world is often quite unpleasant!

Moving rhubarb

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 11:05

Thanks Alan. I'd read November seemed to be the best time but had hoped we might be able to get in early. Fortunately I've read that rhubarb leaves are non toxic to chickens (in fact they're a natural wormer) so I am now a little less worried about having them in the coop if I some how can screen them off so give them a bit of protection.

My alternative is to leave them in and see what happens and be prepared to buy some more.


Posted: 29/05/2014 at 09:41

On 40 years til I get to try it myself Dove! (The retirement, not the social work - alas as much as I'd find it interesting I fear the paperwork chains and inability to bang heads together would prove the final straw with my sanity).


Just found out that rhubarb leaves are a natural wormer for chickens. Amazing what you learn on the internet when you should be working!!


Moving rhubarb

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 09:28

While working out the layout for "project chickens" I've realised our rhubarb is in the wrong place - aka right inside the coop where I expect the chickens will have their fun with it which I have no idea if that's good for them or not. I was going to move it this winter (and so haven't been harvesting from it) but of course the sooner the better.

When is the earliest you can move rhubarb? Does it die down in such a way that tells me its ready to move or do I need to wait for a frost or... what? I'm hoping we can put up a temporary fence around them to give them a little protection as we'll be doing with the snow drops come spring before I can transplant them to somewhere more suitable!

Transplanting Grass

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 09:23

Morning all!

On Saturday (whether permitting) I'm wanting to transplant some lush green grass from one area of the garden to the other.

The area its going too has been heavily compacted on account of it was under a ton of sand for several months while the ManShed was constructed and looks very sorry for itself. Its also quite sandy as the bag may have leaked (or I may have been not terribly coordinated with my shovel).

We don't need to worry about a perfectly flat lawn - it would look out of place with the rest of the lawn!!

What prep work do I need to do on this area before I dig up the replacement patch?

About the replacement - its actually on a mound of top soil that was moved years ago when the previous occupants had the patio laid so is very well established but now in the way. It was strimmed last week - should I cut it again just before I dig it up or would that not be a good idea?

I know once its lifted to keep it watered until its established - fortunately the weather while not too cold (10'C last night) will ensure it doesn't dry out (ever at this rate). What else should I be doing? Should I avoid mowing it for a few weeks (can I lightly strim it if needed not putting any weight on it to compact the roots).

Is there any feed or such like that you'd recommend I give it to help it along or would I be best to just stick to water until it gets going?


All advice welcome!!


Posted: 29/05/2014 at 09:16
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

We aren't strangers, we just haven't met you in person but I'm sure I can speak for others in saying that we feel that know you, as we feel that we know other friends on here ((hugs)) xx

Oh I don't know OL. Some of us are very strange!

Now I'm a little more awake Mike - if we could have pushed a thousand roses through your door we would have done. But we're not sure you'd have enjoyed finding petals for the next five years every time you moved something! You're not just "some bod on the internet" you're an amazing person to have had the chance to meet - if only virtually - and I for one am very grateful for that.


Posted: 29/05/2014 at 09:12

Oh Panda! Get yourself a hot water bottle and keep moving GENTLY!! That means no climbing ladders or moving the wheelbarrow around or any other silly ideas you get til it settles properly (trust me I've done them all - it doesn't help matters!)

I've been a bit of a grump recently but have decided, one way or another to do something about it. First on the list is a trip to a toy shop for some Lego. It gets (much) more expensive from there on!

Hoping the rain might hold off on Saturday as I've two dead patches of earth on the lawn from where the ton sandbags sat for months while the shed was being prepared. I'm going to transplant the lush green grass from where the chickens run is going to be (I'm going to sink a sand pit in for them so loosing the grass wont matter). I'd best start another thread really and ask for advice - I've never done a grass transplant before!

Also as well as my snow drops I've realised that all the rhubarb is within the chicken coop construction zone which I assume will be promptly destroyed by curious chucks. *agh*. When is the earliest I can dig this up to move it to a well prepared area (read - plenty of horse poo dug in). I've not been harvesting from it as I knew I was going to move it - but had intended that to be this autumn!

Amazing how quickly a "neglected" area of the garden suddenly is full of stuff when you come to use it.

Any apples yet?

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 07:23

Nothing on ours (South Yorkshire) but my pear tree is very loaded.


Posted: 29/05/2014 at 07:21

Oh wow that's a monster!!!


Supernoodle - what is the rhyme? I must confess I don't actually know it!!

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