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Plant ID - Rhubarb?

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 07:58
I have found growing from seed a really cheap method to get plants, OK it takes a couple of years before you can pick but it's very good if you want to establish a big patch from the off.
Off course if you already have a crown you can split or have been given a division from an established crown then that is the quickest method.
I wanted to create a large Rhubarb patch and my plant wasn't big enough for division so I sowed seed and created a new patch, that was 2 yrs ago and I will pick this year.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 20:35
Hi Aster, are you sure they're Dwarf? I've never seen the Dwarf varieties grow more than 18" high and by that time they are bushy plants without any need for pinching out. Sounds to me like they are a climbing variety.
Still delaying much of the sowing directly, I have Parsnips under fleece and some carrots, radish, beetroot and spring onions in a raised bed just starting to show. With the Arctic weather this coming week not much point in sowing anything else.


Posted: 24/04/2016 at 09:08
Hi James, the soil temps are still cold so seeds sown direct may struggle, it's worth covering with fleece to help warm the soil. I would wait another week or so to see if any of your seeds appear, if not then resow.
It's way too early to plant courgettes outside, I would resow indoors and then plant out at the beginning of June after hardening off.
Lots of seed packets give very ' optimistic' sowing times, always bear in mind the weather conditions in your area and last frost dates.
The good news is that you have plenty of time and once the weather warms veg will shoot ahead.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 06:57
Sleet here too and 3 degrees!! Brrr!

Dahlia rings

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 14:40
Obelixx if it's easy to bend then it's just mild steel, it's used to make reinforcing mesh, rebar is used in straight lengths and it's more expensive and harder to bend.

Dahlia rings

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 14:25
Sounds right Aster, 6mm or 1/4" to those of my vintage is the perfect diameter. The length depends on what height you need for the support, but 2m is a good all-round length.

Courgettes, tomatoes - container growing

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 14:07
It's really early for courgettes! I live in the South East and I won't be sowing mine until the beginning of May, they will then be ready for planting by early June. They grow so quickly that there is no need to risk having them checked by a cold spell. My toms go into the polytunnel during the day but if cold nights are forecast I bring them inside. I will plant the GH varieties around mid May and outside varieties in June.

Dahlia rings

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 21:52
Aster, you can get them from eBay, they sell in small quantities and all lengths and sizes.

Dahlia rings

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 19:24
I bought 2m lengths and as above used the Monty method. Really easy, make sure you get mild steel and not reinforcing rod ( rebar), this is very hard to bend.

Shed Replacement But What Type

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 19:16
For me personal preference would be for a wooden shiplap. If it's laid on good base and given basic care such as a coat of preservative and new roof felt from time to time it will last for years.

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