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#41 Sat 17 Mar 12 7:10pm

Kye

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

Yes, please do so.

I have lost my wire for my camera, so i can't get pics onto the blogs anymore...so annoying....if i buy a new one i'm sure that i'll find the old at the same time  roll

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#42 Sat 17 Mar 12 7:23pm

christian_halfm

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

I know what you mean. The picture is on my blog then.

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#43 Sat 17 Mar 12 7:24pm

Grandmadamada

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

thumbsup  clap  big_smile

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#44 Sat 17 Mar 12 10:03pm

minerva

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

Sorry to go back to Rhubarb, but having grown it for 50 years or so & totally loving the stuff.........I shall weigh in with my fourpennyworth:

Rhubarb does best when there is a period each winter of subzero temperatures.
Warmer winters don't do this plant any good at all.

Rhubarb is a vegetable, rather than a fruit (a bit of useless info there)

Rhubarb leaves are poisonous, but are very good in the compost heap.

Forcing Rhubarb should produce very long, very pale & very tender stems with a small amount of leaf.
An old dustbin placed over the crown allows plenty of space & air, & excludes all light (which is essential for long, tender stems). I use an old black plastic one with bricks placed on top in windy weather, & insulated when frost is forecast. If you use a bin or something of that sort of size, you needn't worry about the stalks getting too big for the container.

Rhubarb is a 'greedy feeder' so top-dress the crowns with very well-rotted manure every autumn, if you do so the flavour will improve & so will the root-stock.
I only divide the crown when the plant gets too big for its space, & there seems always to be someone who wants a crown for their own garden.

Be very gentle with the cooking of forced rhubarb, it is delicate in flavour & texture, & is easy to be overly heavy-handed with. I tend to pan-cook it in a very little butter, adding honey or sugar to taste when it almost cooked. It is completely wasted on heavier puds/baking, but is wonderful served with oily fish (not overly sweet) or as a compote accompanying other things (Pannecotta, ginger sponge, ice-cream etc).

I cannnot better the advice to have 3 crowns on the go at once........one for forcing, one for open-air summer fruiting, & one resting for next Spring.........I have 2 sets of 3 in my garden (the best for forcing is the Champagne Rhubarb, & I look forward to it next Spring)

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#45 Sat 17 Mar 12 11:17pm

Kye

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

I have never done 'forced' Rhubarb. Great hints minni.

The leaves from Rhubarbe are also macerated in water for a few days, then sprayed on aphids........but only if they are on the tomato plants, i leave them to the Ladybirds when they are on the rose bushes.

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#46 Sat 17 Mar 12 11:19pm

minerva

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

Oh yes, good one..........I forgot the insecticide tip.......well remembered!

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#47 Sat 17 Mar 12 11:36pm

Kye

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

I remember my Mother-In-Law chopping those leaves up under the rain and leaving them to soak around her tomato plants.

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#48 Sun 18 Mar 12 1:16am

minerva

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

.......& in the same vein, did she make nettle-wash?
It stinks to high heavens, but it is a plant tonic & the aphids don't like it at the same time..........so, double whammy!

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#49 Sun 08 Apr 12 4:31pm

rumi512

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

i am gardening with roses but the main problem is my flower is not big in sizes though it was when i bought it. what to do,i am using compost for its health but no solution.

<a href="http://www.acmepanel.biz"> Plz help </a>  sad

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#50 Sun 08 Apr 12 4:40pm

Kye

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

minerva wrote:

.......& in the same vein, did she make nettle-wash?
It stinks to high heavens, but it is a plant tonic & the aphids don't like it at the same time..........so, double whammy!

Just seen this....No she never made nettle-wash. I did a couple of years ago after learning about it from you, put it right at the end of the garden...O/H threw it away hmm  lol

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