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Rhubarb variety and when to harvest

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 16:10

The usual way of killing rhubarb is to over-pick it. As Welshonion says, let it build itself up again.  I usually mulch in July and again in Oct/Nov.

Don't worry about winter - it comes from Siberia.!!!

The dangers of gardening

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 16:07

Bless you!  Get well soon ((hugs)) 

I fell and broke my wrist last September - a total PITA!!!   But at least it was autumn not spring - you must be feeling sooooooooo frustrated!!!  Wish I could help ...

ID please.

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 16:05

Yours may well be fine on a sunny windowsill if it's used to it - we don't have one so I'm careful not to put it in too much sun outside - like us, plants have to acclimatise to sunshine

ID please.

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 15:16

Yes, it's a type of aloe - possibly Aloe aristata - I have a large clump which blooms every year.  I keep mine indoors on a north-west facing windowsill, very potbound in a gritty compost.  I give it a very occasional dribble of water in the winter and in the summer I give it a good soak by immersing the pot in a sink of water for several hours then allow it to drain.  In the summer mine goes outside on the terrace in a semi-shaded position but you have to look out for snail attacks and also don't leave it in strong sunshine as the plant can scorch. 

Can you grow Broccoli in tubs?

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 15:07

I think the difficulty with growing tall brassicas such as broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts in tubs and raised beds is that the soil/compost tends to be loose and the plants suffer from windrock - if you can sort out some sort of firm support for them then they'll probably do fine.


Posted: 30/04/2015 at 14:52

I've just had one of those calls from a nice man who wants to help me with the problems I'm having with my computer - I asked if he was aware he was speaking to a police officer (well if he can lie so can I  ) He didn't understand what I said (I think he could only cope with the answers he expected to the questions on his script - his English pronunciation was very poor). I repeated, 'Are you aware you are speaking to a police officer?' The line went dead

Rhubarb variety and when to harvest

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 13:40

That looks fine to start cropping now.  Don't take more than two thirds of the leaves at any one time, and pull and twist so that the base of the leaf stalk comes away, don't cut or the base of the stalk will rot and set up rot in the crown.  Twist the leaves off immediatelyi and compost.

Also take that flower stalk out from the base using the same twisting pulling motion. 

Make sure it has plenty of water and when you finish harvesting (end of June) give it a good mulch with well rotted manure.



Posted: 30/04/2015 at 13:16

Hosta's campsite is on the way to Verdun's cabin - make a weekend of it - seemples!!!

One for the ladies. ......

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 13:14

I've actually seen dogs travelling on the driver's lap!!!  

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