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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

More about rhubarb....

You can plant rhubarb in these months :  January, February, March and April.
October, November and December.    But do not attemptto plant  it if the ground is frozen

You will not be able to harvest from it in the first year as it will need time to establish.

Ideally -    Provide it with : sunny position, well drained, moisture retentive, fertile soil.

To achieve this :
before establishing the new rhubarb bed - add plenty of organic matter and remove all perennial weeds.
It is worth doing this properly as the rhubarb will stay in the same place for many years and weeding around it is not easy.

Rhubarb needs a cold period to break the winter dormancy before the spring growth starts, but do not plant it in an area of land that is a  frost pocket.
Avoid planting in heavy soil which can rot the rhubarb crown.
Rhubarb likes cool moist summers and dry winters this is optimum growing conditions for it. but that is our control.

a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote