Thursday, 6 March 2014

Rhubarb and Golf Balls

Wednesday was another decent day, dry and mild with a few sunnier intervals. In the afternoon I made a trip down to the plot as I had been down there since the middle of last month.
The most obvious change was our rhubarb. This is a clump of what I believe to be Timperly Early and it’s certainly well advanced and will soon have a few new succulent stems ready for pulling. There are three other varieties around this root in the photo above and they haven’t really started to grow.
This is a rather uncared for root of the same variety and even though it’s infested with grass it too has some rather juicy looking stems just about ready for pulling.

The bad news was that one of Jan’s (a plot neighbour) chicken had been snatched by a fox. Well after talking to Jan that’s his assumption.
The evidence of the snatch was spread all over our plot paths.

Can you grow any of these on your plot?
Someone thinks it’s a great laugh taking pot shots at greenhouses hitting golf balls from the playing fields which are adjacent to one side of our plots. This one landed harmlessly and didn't do any damage but it could be a different story if a mobile golf ball hit someone. 

It also shows the state our soil has been left in after all the winter rains. A little bit of cultivating will be required once the soil dries out a bit. It will be interesting to compare the condition of the soil which has been covered with weed control fabric over winter to that which has been open to the elements.

8 comments:

  1. Your rhubarb is way ahead of mine! Looks like you'll be harvesting in no time!

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    1. We've a few different varieties Kelli and this one is always weeks in front of all the others which have no more than a few red buds showing.

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  2. That rhubarb is looking good. I do love rhubarb, especially so because of the time of year it appears. I find plenty of golf balls in my garden in winter, under raspberries and comfrey and strawberries. And I'm sure there are a dozen at the bottom of the pond. Not putting my arm in to find out though. Golfers are such a menace.

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    1. I wonder it there's a second hand market for golf balls?

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  3. The rhubarb look so healthy! Golf ball in garden? That's a bit dangerous if it hit someone!

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    1. I rather neglect our rhubarb but it still grows pretty well.

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  4. Wow! - Ours is at the budding stage only (and I popped a black bin over one of the crowns last week). I'm gobsmacked(sic)

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    1. So was I when I saw it. No forcing required!

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