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Rhubarb FloweringRhubarb Flowering

Problems Growing Rhubarb

Flowering:

  • Some cultivars can be more prone than others.
  • Remove flower stalks as soon as they appear to prevent them weakening the crowns.
  • Flowering is usually worse after wet summers or where high nitrogen feed has been overused.

Thin, weak stems:

  • Lots of thin stems indicate the crown is losing vigour and needs to be divided (see ‘Propagation’).
  • Increased feeding may also help.

Split stems, sometimes exuding sticky sap:

  • This is sometimes caused by late frosts but is often an indication of erratic growth due to seasonal conditions.
  • Cool or dry periods followed by moist or mild weather means the hard outer growth splits when the new, rapid growth occurs.
  • Mulching and feeding may help to avoid the worst damage.

Green, poor quality stems:

  • Warm, dry summers can give rise to poorly-coloured, bad-tasting stalks.
  • Try to harvest earlier while the days are cooler and moister.

Slow or no growth:

  • Rhubarb will stop growing if the temperature rises above 32ºC (90ºF).
  • This can happen in hot summers.
  • Growth can also slow or stop if the plants are under drought stress so watering may help.

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Category: Recipes

Filo Pie with Swiss Chard, Ricotta Cheese and Tomatoes

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 Stuck for an idea for how to use Chard, well why not try this dish?

 

Perfect Roast Potatoes

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My foolproof way of getting that perfect roastie!

 

One-Pot Roast Pork Chops with Fennel & Potatoes

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 Super easy and super tasty dish!

Category: The Growing Season

Jobs to do in May

Jobs to do in May

May is usually one of the busiest months

The soil is warm and the plants growing well. But watch out for a sneaky late frost.

 

Jobs to do in July

Jobs to do in July

Harvest should be bountiful and the allotment is in full swing

Now is the height of summer, the days endlessly long, temperatures usually at their peek and you should be reaping the rewards of your hard work in the preceding months. Watering in this month is crucial to stem off premature bolting, tomato blossom end rot and splitting skins.

 

Jobs to do in January

Jobs to do on the Allotment in January
January is generally a very cold month with hard frosts freezing the ground and when the ground isn't frozen it is generally too wet to do much although there are no guarantees with British weather. Looking through my diaries, snow isn't that likely for a prolonged period but you never know.

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