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  • #20883

    Riccomue
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    I am a very keen gardener. This year I have planted tomatoes, onions, potatoes, strawberries, rhubarb and green beans. If anybody wants advice I am happy to try and advise.

    #20935

    Happy888
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    Hi just entered gardening gloves free giveaway.I have a very long garden that needs a complete overall from sctatch so thought these would come in handy and any tips to make it easier for a single person so easy maintenance and on budget gteatly appreciated.

    #21927

    Natalie Dawn
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    Rhubarb.. advise me please? How do I start, can I grow it in a pot? How do I look after, when can I harvest?
    Thank you

    #21957

    Marty Boy
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    Hi @nadawn123 regarding planting rhubarb – are you starting from seed or are you intending to buy an established rhubarb crown?

    #21960

    Natalie Dawn
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    Thanks for your reply I’m thinking crown

    #21961

    Grabede
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    @nadawn123 good idea – that way you should get a good crop in your 2nd year. You can go for something like “Timperley Early” and plant them out in very early spring (you could even plant them out no actually if you can get hold of dormant crowns). It’s dead easy to look after – just make sure the place you plant them are weed free then dig in plenty of compost – make sure to plant rhubarb in a sunny spot with well drained soil – if the soil is too damp the crown might rot. Cut off any flowers and seed heads as they develop in the spring and summer and don’t harvest stalks during the first year as this will weaken the plant – in the second year you should get plent of rhubarb sticks from April till June – only the sticks are edible – the leaves are actually poisonous!!

    #21962

    Natalie Dawn
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    @grabede thank you, can I grow in pots?

    #21966

    Grabede
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    @nadawn123 – yes but you’ll need a big pot – minimum 50Cm diameter and 50cm depth I’d say – bigger though if poss – rhubarb plants get BIG – they need digging up and dividing every 4 or 5 years

    #21968

    Natalie Dawn
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    @garbede would you think one of them grow bags, potato grow bags that u can get from bargain shops would be ok? If I made a wall of strawaround it to keep it snuggly during winter?

    #21969

    Grabede
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    @nadawn123 – if the bag is big enough then it should work – don’t think you need to bother with the straw – rhubarb crowns are pretty hardy

    #21980

    Natalie Dawn
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    @grabede thank you so much for your advice I’ll be making rhubarb pie in 2020 😀

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