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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.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Rhubarb, a word about rhubarb...

If you have recently taken over an allotment look out for signs of rhubarb emerging soon.
The first year I had my plot I was thrilled to discover it coming through in an area that I had thought was just grass and weeds. I left mine where it was the first year and had a generous supply of rhubarb sticks that year. We had rhubarb and custard and rhubarb crumble on the menu quite a lot that year.

Last year because I dug some up and split and replanted most of the plants
I was unable to harvest from them so my crop was reduced. This year I am hoping for a good harvest as the replanted ones were treated to being planted in an area that had been enriched with well rotted horse manure.

If you wish to force rhubarb in your vegetable patch or on your allotment start to look for a suitable plant/plants and also something to cover it with.

To Force Rhubarb:

  • Clear away any debris such as old leaves from around the plant crown.
  • Place a few handfuls of dry straw over the plant.
  • Cover it up with a large upturned bucket or dustbin. Or if you wish to make an attractive feature of it in your vegetable garden and money is no object buy a terracotta rhubarb forcer. (I would not risk this on an allotment).
The forced rhubarb should be ready in about eight weeks they will be tender young stems and the colour of them is wonderful.

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