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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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Another washout today.

04 November 2009 19:29:46
Rhubarb bed given a rest.

Rhubarb bed given a rest.

The slugs and snails could nearly be heard cheering in the tunnell with the state of the weather.The rain fell in bucket fulls for most of the day along with a slight breeze and feeling cool.I had a quick look in the tunnell and the veg garden just before 8 am and checked on the rhubarb bed.Plans for the weekend if weather allows will be to give the empty rhubarb bed its usual food supply around this time of the year.First to be done will be to mulch the crowns with a layer of well rotted manure of garden compost and this will give the plants a continuing supply of nourishment and will help to keep down weeds on the new year rhubarb bed.This evening i will do some more seed sorting in the garden shed and maybe to check on some of the peas and beans for viability so as not to waste time with them.


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Ternie Ternie 04 November 2009 19:46:44

Doesn't look like washout on your picture :)


fran m fran m 04 November 2009 21:01:15

Dont care what the weekend is doing, i'm in the garden. Here's hoping it is half decent. Want to get some Rubarb in myself soon.


Mairin Mairin 04 November 2009 21:49:14

I remember as a child having to bring buckets full of farmyard manure from the haggart to the rhubarb.  Our hands would be sore from the bucket handles but the rhubarb loved it. 


Abbeybay Abbeybay 04 November 2009 22:44:24

Is it ok to put horse manure on the rhubarb?


Cloncaw Cloncaw 04 November 2009 23:05:55

Total wash out here still raining water everywhere


Johnplotman Johnplotman 04 November 2009 23:58:34

Olga, it only started spilling around 9 am.

Fran,the sooner the better.

Mairin,full of goodness.

Abbeybay it is,just as long as it is not fresh.That needs about 6 -7 months under cover first.Then i bucket per sq yard .Dig it in or use as a mulch.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 05 November 2009 00:01:55

Cloncaw,for about 80% of the day here almost a washout too.


Myrtle Myrtle 05 November 2009 12:39:42

Is the rhurbarb in those boxes waiting to be planted? I bought a piece of rhurbarb last year because hubby fancied having our own, I had it in a big pot and it did very well but now I have planted it in the ground where I had a new bit of space when the old shed was removed, I did put some manure in the planting hole wondering now is this enough or should I put some on the top too?


Johnplotman Johnplotman 05 November 2009 17:08:43

Hello Myrtle,the rhubarb [Rheum] had been there about 3 to 4 years now started just from pots.With your own rhubarb once you have the manure in the ground that should do fine but if you have some just spread a light layer on top.Never bury the crown with it though or it will rot.Always leave it showing just a little because it is so important to expose the crowns to some frost.They need this as a reminder for growing when the time comes.


Myrtle Myrtle 05 November 2009 17:14:59

Thanks for that, I'm afraid I have it covered, perhaps I should scrape some soil off the top then?


Johnplotman Johnplotman 05 November 2009 17:50:13

Your welcome Myrtle,You could be lucky and take a chance,but the rhubarb will have an uphill battle to fight,and if you add on bad weather to that,which all the gardeners know about,the hill will be a lot higher.It will be the new growth that will suffer and will shorten the years harvest for you.


Myrtle Myrtle 05 November 2009 18:46:56

Then I will try and do something about it tomorrow  if the weather allows. Thanks

 


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