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Rhubarb from Scratch

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 08:20

They don't need protection in the winter - they come from Siberia and are tougher than you and me!!!   Some people cover with straw but I find that encourages slugs etc.  and there's no need anyway.

However, when the plant is well established, around Christmas time I put a forcing pot over the top which encourages it to crop a little bit earlier, an old chimney pot or large bucket will do the same job.  However you have to remember that if you do that you are stressing the plant and it needs a bit more tlc and you have to stop harvesting earlier than you would otherwise do.

This year I picked my first stems in February - however, I stopped picking in early May. 

Rhubarb from Scratch

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 08:02

I meant to say, if it ever sends up a flower spike, remove it straight away at the base.  Producing a flower and seeds will weaken the crown for the following season. 

No blossom on plum tree

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 08:00

It's getting it's roots established so may well miss a season or two while it does so - it needs a good root system in order to produce fruit.  

Fish Blood & Bone (according to directions on the pack) and ensure that it doesn't dry out (but don't keep it boggy), and a mulch around it with well rotted farmyard manure in the autumn (keep the trunk clear) and it'll do well 

nettle feed

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 07:55

Yes, it would be just what is needed for lettuce 

Best feed/product

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 07:52

I use Fish Blood & Bone - a balanced slow release fertiliser suitable for growing organically.

I also use chicken manure pellets on the veg patch in the spring where I'm going to grow leafy veg.

I use a liquid tomato feed on toms, courgettes, squashes etc when they're beginning to set fruit.  I find this is also good for roses and clematis.  I also use a specialist clematis fertiliser on the climbers (roses, clems, honeysuckle) a couple of times a year as they can need a bit of a boost. 

I dig as much well rotted farmyard manure as I can into the veg patch early each spring and mulch everywhere with homemade garden compost. 


Rhubarb from Scratch

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 07:46

Rhubarb should be planted with lots of organic matter and not allowed to dry out.  However, take care not to let the soil get wet and boggy.

Don't harvest any stems in the first year after planting and only take a few in the following year.  Always stop harvesting after mid to late June, to allow the crown to build up for the following year. 

I give mine a feed of Fish, Blood & Bone in spring, again in mid summer when I stop picking, and again in late autumn when I also mulch around the crown with well rotted farmyard manure.

When all the leaves have died right down in the late autumn remove them so they don't encourage rot in the crown. 

I hope that helps 

Was there anything specific that was puzzling you? 


Posted: 22/06/2014 at 07:38

Morning Fg   no rain here for ages either - pond's down a couple of inches but the frogs don't seem to mind - I don't want to top it up as the only option is tap water and that'll run the risk of it going green again.  

KEF, hope OH has enjoyed Norfolk -he's been in a lovely part of it 


Posted: 22/06/2014 at 07:10

It's got 3 proper leaves now KEF - I'm going to weed out the carrots around it and give it some space.  I didn't want to try moving it as it's a wee bit late in the season to risk setting it back by transplanting it.  

My best bet is that it's a Crown Prince squash - I buy several each autumn from the farm shop and store them in the garage, eating them through the winter so by the law of averages there's a lot of those seeds in the compost.  Of course, we also have the occasional melon, but my bet is on the squash. 


Orchids Flowers

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 07:06

It's sometimes hard to tell the difference between a new aerial root and a new flower spike - there's some info here which should help 


Posted: 22/06/2014 at 07:00

Morning KEF   We'll have to have an afternoon nap!

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