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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.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Forcing Rhubarb and mulching the rhubarb patch

I had a look under  a couple of the buckets that are covering the rhubarb plants that I am forcing and they are looking good. Each plant that has been covered is producing the tender pink stems that cost so much in the shops now. I am eagerly awaiting the day when I can take how the first sticks of rhubarb and turn them into a tasty treat of compote.

Rhubarb tips
Rhubarb that is forced this year should not be forced next year, use a different plant, give this years forced plants a rest from the covering up stage.

Rhubarb will benefit from a mulch of well rotted horse muck or from a mulch of home made compost.

Take care when it is time to pick your rhubarb as being heavy handed with it can damage the up and coming leaves and shoots. There is a knack to picking the stems and it is worth taking time to do it properly.

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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