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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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Singing in the vegetable garden today..

08 May 2010 22:36:16
Home grown Rhubarb [Rheum rhaponticum].

Home grown Rhubarb [Rheum rhaponticum].

These are the days we  need for gardening.From just after 6.30 this morning the tunnel was visited for watering,along with the main vegetable garden.Between the veg,garden,tunnel and greenhouse watering was complete just before 9 am.After getting a quick cuppa along with an apple,the roots bed was attacked as planned.Buckets 1,5,7 have Carrots [Daucus carota]all down successionally [little and often] to each area.In 2 and 9 Spinach [Spinacea oleracea] has been used.Marigold C-Jack in no 7 and Beetroot [Beta vulgaris] in 3.Buckets 4 and 6 will be left for later sowings.In the evening i spent a while at the Rhubarb bed [Rheum rhaponticum] to gather some stalks for after Sunday dinner.Off to my Nieces First Holy Communion tomorrow so gardening will be at a standstill in the afternoon.All going well maybe a few hours will be spent there from about 9 in the morning.

Going by the weather forecast this evening with grass frost given,the next hour will be spent in the vegetable garden covering the very young potato stalks,many of which only appeared in the last day or so.Some will be fine and are up app 20-25cm.These little boys though,just showing will be to precious to take a chance with weather.Time to give them a read of a sheet of newspaper. 


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Periwinkle Periwinkle 08 May 2010 22:42:35

Yummy! Can I join you for lunch! No preparation here for Sunday lunch. Spent too long in garden! But enjoyed it, such a great day. Glad you were able to get so much done too..


Jacinta Jacinta 08 May 2010 22:47:33

Looks delicious. I have the urge. Pity I don't have the rhubarb.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 08 May 2010 22:57:24

Enjoy time spent with niece tomorrow and the rhubarb delicious.


fraoch fraoch 08 May 2010 23:14:05

I'm always exhausted just reading your journal John. I don't know how you do it.


Gismo1981 Gismo1981 08 May 2010 23:45:01

Some amount of work you got done John. I would be ashamed to tell you what time I got up at lol !!! I love rhubarb, its never the same from the shop yours looks delicious, would be nice in a crumble with custard (mouth starting to water here) :O)


Mairin Mairin 08 May 2010 23:46:40

Can't wait until my rhubarb yields so much.


fran m fran m 09 May 2010 07:07:23

That looks great John, how are you pastry making skills?  :-))


Johnplotman Johnplotman 09 May 2010 20:12:07

Thanks Periwinkle.

You will eventually grow the Rheum,Jacints.[Thanks.]

Thanks Cloncaw.

When ever possible Fraoch,the garden is seen to and is treated like part of the family.Morning,lunchtime,and evening time.[Thanks]


Johnplotman Johnplotman 09 May 2010 20:31:55

Thanks Gismo.Nothing beats home grown Rhubarb for sure.The leaves [im sure you know] from the Rhubarb [Rheum rhaponticum] are never eaten,as they are a member of the night shade family and poison.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 09 May 2010 20:42:29

Your Rhubarb will do well Mairin.What i found a great boost to them here was that once established,to give them a top dressing of general purpose fert in early spring,and every autumn i mulch the crowns with a layer of some well rotted manure for nourishment.This also helps keep the weeds down.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 09 May 2010 20:49:08

Thanks Fran.My pastry making skills im afraid would be a little under the weather.I have no problem finding a cook for the Rhubarb though,with 4 of my 7 sisters very fond of baking.


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