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Talkback: How to force rhubarb

Posted: 29/11/2013 at 08:17

I agree Bob, but this implies differently 

whereas this site gives information on what you and I would call Rhubarb Forcing

Honey Fungus: What To Grow?

Posted: 29/11/2013 at 08:06

Are you sure it's honey fungus?  There are other fungi that  attack dead and dying wood - it's how such things decompose and disappear. 

 Honey fungus will affect roses, but clematis are not thought to be susceptible - here is a list of the plants most commonly attacked and others that are sometimes susceptible

Good luck. 

Winter Pots

Posted: 29/11/2013 at 07:52

A tip for floppy hyacinths - the flower stems are hollow - if they're flopping over you can make a hole in the stem 'at the back' and feed a little cane (takeaway sushi chopsticks are ideal) into the stem to help it stand firm 

pruning a mountain ash

Posted: 29/11/2013 at 07:41

I'd be very surprised if a healthy Mountain Ash were 'unsteady' even in a strong wind.  They're a tree which is very much at home on windy hillsides, and as such are flexible and bendy in the wind - it is this flexibility which gives them their strength - it is more rigid types of trunk that snap in the wind.

If it is moving at the base, then it may well be rotten at the roots and needs removing.  

Greenhouse Condensation

Posted: 29/11/2013 at 07:33

Good news 


Posted: 29/11/2013 at 07:29

Good morning Chicky and any/everyone else 

Lily ((hugs))

I'd better do some food shopping today, otherwise it'll be a Fast day again - unplanned!!!!


Posted: 28/11/2013 at 22:00

Yes, prepare the ground and plant it now and mulch it with your leaf mould, leaving the tip of the crown, the growing points, uncovered. 

Talkback: How to force rhubarb

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 21:43

Are we talking about 'proper' forcing, i.e. digging up the crown and exposing the root to frost, then taking it into a warm darkened shed to produce pink rhubarb?


are we talking about placing a forcing pot or chimney/bucket over a crown of rhubarb growing in the garden to blanch the rhubarb which is produced only a short while earlier than normal?

I do the second every year with a mature crown, but I don't pull any rhubarb after the end of May/early June - this way the crown builds up again before the winter and is not damaged.

Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 21:21

Bilje that sounds delicious - I might even like the trifle 


Posted: 28/11/2013 at 21:19

I  collect the moss I rake from the lawn, let it dry and put it into those fat cage bird feeders and hang out on the fence in the late winter early spring - the bluetits, long tailed tits and chaffinches are very grateful and we have hours of pleasure watching them collecting it for their nests - it's amazing how much they use 

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