Growing Tips

Rhubarb

Not strictly a vegetable but useful to have at one end of the plot. It needs a rich, fertile soil with plenty of rotted manure worked in to the top 18". Plant crown roots in early March, 2 feet apart and keep well watered. Mulch with rotted manure or compost. Liquid feed when growth begins in Spring with high nitrogen fertiliser. Force in winter by lifting roots in November to December and planting them in soil and peat in a warm dark place. Plants can be forced outdoors by covering selected crowns with buckets, boxes, etc, anything that will stop light and keep warmth in.

 

Kitchen Tips: Pick sticks while young. Cut and trim and place in a polythene bag and freeze.

Pests: None Known

 

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Rhubarb