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#11 Wed 23 Mar 11 1:20pm

Grandmadamada

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

thumbsup great ACDC and thanks to your dad's wisdom tell him clap

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#12 Wed 23 Mar 11 3:05pm

nanstertoo

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

That's what my dad did as well, Mada.  He used old baskets with broken bottoms and put them around the plants, then mounded up leaves or straw for insulation.  Rhubarb is fairly cold hardy though.  If the temp is right around the frost point it should only get the leaves and the stalks will be firm and it's OK to eat them. If the temp gets way below freezing, and the stalks get mushy, don't eat them.

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#13 Wed 23 Mar 11 3:14pm

Grandmadamada

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

thanks for your tips nanster I like very much this growing tips passaparola from one generation to another which seems to cover a considerable number of years,  I'll let you know how I go on with my rhubarb adventure, I bought three new plants this year without really knowing i would have needed them, so I'll spare the old ones after the spring crop ................ and first of all you make me remeber that I still have a bag of frozen chopped rabarbaro in my freezer
oops  oops  oops
what would my freezer teacher Maddi think of me, just in time to make a crostata before it gets too old lol

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#14 Wed 23 Mar 11 3:26pm

DebDiMaggio

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

silly questions don't exists Mada. kiss

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#15 Wed 23 Mar 11 4:02pm

RobinMcaf

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

Hi Mada,

Your questions are never silly. Firstly - how old are your Rhubarb crowns - if it is the first year I wouldn't pick any.

Secondly - the leaves should be ready for picking about 8 weeks after forcing - so is it time to pick them yet? If not - can you use a bucket, or even a dustbin for a few more weeks and then pick them? Any you don't want you can leave in the open air to help the plant recover.

All best, Robin

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#16 Wed 23 Mar 11 4:09pm

Grandmadamada

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

yeep that's what I also thought. Mu plants are at least two years old and maybe it would be time to separate them, from late autumn to first spring I always think of doing that and never do, I also wanted to avoid plastic containers so kept covering them with clay pots, I could cover just the one that has sprouted more vigorously and let the others go slowlier

thanks for suggestions and interest ciao Robin big_smile

ciao Deb  wink

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#17 Wed 23 Mar 11 6:23pm

slbeckett

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

This is something I am actually familiar with, living in snowy Canada! We have a great old man rhubarb that pushes through every March and then gets snowed on a few more times. I do nothing with him and he perseveres and produces beautiful red stalks for me consistently May - October. Gotta love the tough ol' guy.

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#18 Wed 23 Mar 11 7:11pm

Grandmadamada

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

big_smile  thumbsup you do not divide the crown  then wink

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#19 Wed 23 Mar 11 7:31pm

mummza

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

My Rhubarb is sprouting for the first lime since I planted it last year..I keep looking at it but know that I should not eat any this year .

I remember my lovely Father had a huge Rhubarb patch when I was a child , it was at the end of the garden . He used to drive some wooden stakes into the ground and sort of 'box in' the Rhubarb with sheets of old metal . I was always in trouble as I loved the leaves and would take the 'top bit of metal  off the rhubarb with my brother . We wanted the big leaves to grow so that we could play with them !
As a child I could never understand why the Rhubarb had to be kept away from light for what seemed like an eternity.
Mostly once we were able to pick it , we ate the sticks of rhubarb dipping the sticks into  a little pot of sugar after each bite.

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#20 Wed 23 Mar 11 7:37pm

asublimepizza

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

Can ah has cookiez ? Leik Nom nom nom ?  neutral

Rhubarb is as rhubarb does.  They grow well in cold climates.  Had Rhubard 1001 receipes in Iceland because that is all they had inland:  Rhubarb soup, pie, pasta, desert, rhubarb whiskey, rhubarb alcohol, rhubarb stewed with rhubarb pan fried..euuu..you can imagine how I was feeling after a week on rhubarb rations.

It is the stuff you don't give or see tourists have.

Canada, tender and very sweet with good red color, few seed stalks.
Cherry, juicy, tender and sweet, many seed stalks.
Crimson, tall, plump, brightly colored red stalks.
Valentine, broad, deep red stalks, less acid than green stalked and other reds, and produces few or no seed stalks.
Victoria,  medium-sized light green stalks with pink speckling at the bottom of the stalk.

Rhubarb stuff:
http://www.garden.ie/howtogrow.aspx?id=1036
http://www.self-sufficient.co.uk/Growing-Rhubarb.htm
http://www.allvoices.com/news/801775-latest-issues
http://icecook.blogspot.com/2006/01/rab … b-jam.html
http://icecook.blogspot.com/2006/07/ice … mpote.html
http://www.gestgjafinn.is/english/nr/358
http://www.simnet.is/gullis/jo/Soups.htm
http://www.simnet.is/gullis/jo/Vegetables.htm

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