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Thin rhubarb stalks

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 20:01

Forced plant in new spot

Unforced half in original spot

Thin rhubarb stalks

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 19:58

I took over an allotment 3-4 years ago that had a timperley early rhubarb plant on the plot. I noticed last year that perhaps it was a little less fruitful than previous years, so I split the crown into two this winter, and put half back in the same place with some manure, and planted the other half in a different, sunny spot, again with plenty of well rotted manure.

Once both had burst into life earlier this month, I put a compost bin on top of the new bit, as I've never forced before and was just curious, and I left the other old half to do its thing naturally.

I left the bin on only for about two weeks and removed it on the weekend. I picked two fantastic, thick, long stalks of rhubarb, and although there are plenty more stalks, the rest are a lot thinner. The plant that I have left grow naturally also has thin stalks, although not as long of course, with a lot more leaf.

I read somewhere that they are low on nutrition when the stalks go thin, I was hoping that splitting the crown and adding manure would help with this. Am I just a bit impatient, could the stalks develop thicker in due course?! 

I did remember afterwards that I also read somewhere that  a new plant shouldn't be forced in its first year, but wasn't sure if it counted as a new plant as it was split from an older crown.

Your thoughts please!! :-)

New potatoes in tubs

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 13:26

Great - even better! Thanks both! 

New potatoes in tubs

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 09:56

I have some 40l rubble tubs/buckets that I will be using to grow potatoes in as well as in the ground, I will be growing Anya and Charlotte.

Am wondering what the opinion is on how many to put in one tub? I'm thinking the recommendation would be one, but especially as anya are so small, can I get away with two? I have way too many seed potatoes than I need!


Overwintered chilli plants

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 19:43

Great, thanks Obelixx! I've done one already, the other two to follow soon :-)

Overwintered chilli plants

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 08:47

Morning all,

I have some very healthy looking Chilli plants that I have overwintered, I have just realised that I totally forgot to cut them back! 😂

I only sowed them from seed last year so they are only coming up to one year old. My question is, is the fact that I forgot to cut them back the end of the world? They already have a few flowers on, and were producing chillies right up until about December I think, from memory.

They are definitely in need of repotting and feeding, should I do this asap bearing in mind they are starting to flower again already?

They are the pot black variety in case anyone would like to know.

Many thanks,


Growing Garlic Questions

Posted: 07/11/2016 at 20:04

aym280, to be honest I wasn't planning on planting that much, I bought bulk on a very good offer, paying the same price than I would have got less than half the amount for, normally! I have given some away, and I do have an allotment so space isn't an issue :-)

Plus I love garlic!!! 

Last edited: 07 November 2016 20:06:22

Growing Garlic Questions

Posted: 07/11/2016 at 17:04

I grew garlic for the first time this spring. The foliage was fantastic, but unfortunately they all got quite severe rust, and so I had to pull them up prematurely. They were about 1.5-2 inches diamater I guess. Apparently autumn sown garlic is far less likely to suffer from rust, as the fungus doesnt materialise in spring until the bulbs will have pretty much all of their growing. 

I've planted just over 100 cloves in various sites, using various different mixes of soil and compost, so fingers crossed!!

Last edited: 07 November 2016 17:04:43


Posted: 27/08/2016 at 09:13

Hi all,

Further to my post above, I have had a few berries, maybe about 30 at the most, but nowhere near as much as chris 172!

I've got loads of foliage but just not many fruits, any ideas why? I've got about 3 sq m of plants, roughly.

lots of melon flowers - no fruit...

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 14:54

I cant explain the lack of fruit, but I just wanted to greet a fellow melon grower! I grew watermelons last year but was too late so didn't get any fruit, but this year I am growing Galia melons, and have six fruits on two plants.

If you look carefully, do you have any tiny melons about the size of a pea, behind the flower? My six melons all came out of nowhere a couple of weeks ago, but since then, any new fruits have yellowed and died. Not sure why...? Shame, but at least I've got some!

Unfortunately though my plants have now got blight, so the leaves are looking very sorry 😔 Hope the fruits will be okay 😐

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