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How Tom grow rhubarb & when?

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 16:41

It's not easy to kill it (except by picking too much)  but it does take just a little bit of love to get the best out of it ... same as most things 

Meanwhile practise your custard making so you can make this 

It's a family favourite here 

what are these

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 16:38

Perhaps it's a quiz???????? 

Hope there's a prize 

White sage dropping leaves

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 16:28

I know it's not as  tough as officinalis - but I'd rather take some cuttings as a back up and put the plants in a sheltered spot outside - under a lean-to - something like that, rather than have them look so unhappy - they look as if they've got powdery mildew.  

White sage dropping leaves

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 15:14

Why have you brought them indoors - they don't  like it.  My sage is planted out in the garden.  

what are these

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 15:09

I suspect it's some form of promotion ... but maybe I'm just getting cynical in my old age ...................  

How Tom grow rhubarb & when?

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 15:07

Rhubarb is very easy to grow Peter -  it takes a little while to get going, that's all.  

Rhubarb comes from Siberia so it'll put up with a lot of bad treatment and still grow, but if you want some lovely tender rhubarb for pies and crumbles you have to put just a little tiny bit of effort in. 

All I've suggested is mulching and watering - that's not hard - you should try growing showbench quality dahlias and sweet peas 

How Tom grow rhubarb & when?

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 14:50

If it's not producing well give it a good mulch with well rotted farmyard manure (don't cover the crown but cover the area where the roots are for a circle about 3 ft in diameter).  You don't need to dig it in - the worms will do that job for you.

In the summer make sure it has plenty of water - it's a thirsty plant.

Don't pull any stalks in 2017 - just keep it mulched and watered and leave it alone, removing any flower stalks that appear.

You'll have plenty of rhubarb in 2018. 


Posted: 02/12/2016 at 12:56

Hope you're having a wonderful birthday - have a bit of a party!!! This is what you need ... 

Kitchens For Sale Leicester

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 11:50


tree ident and cutting back

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 10:39

It's one of the variants of Sambucus nigra.  Many people coppice this to keep the foliage a good size and colour  - info here .

Be aware that coppicing will mean that you will not get flowers, but the foliage will be greatly improved.  

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