Down on the Allotment

What's happening down on the allotment? An intimate account of a passionate veggie grower.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Rhubarb Jungle

I got down and dirty with my rhubarb this afternoon! It is quite a jungle out there! That hard Winter has done wonders for this rhubarb, that and the 6 inches of composted horse manure I put on it this Spring.
It got me thinking that it reminded me of something a few years ago...
I visited the sub-tropical Trebah Garden in Cornwall and walked through their Gunnera Passage!
Of course..rhubarb and gunnera are related! Just one is a bit bigger and spikier than the other!

16 Comments:

At 7:44 PM, Blogger Vegetable Heaven said...

That gunnera passage must be a sort of 'Honey I've shrunk the gardener!' ?

 
At 8:32 PM, Anonymous Damo said...

Matron your rhubarb looks great! I have one crown in its second year, how much can I take from it this year?

 
At 10:18 PM, Blogger Midmarsh John said...

Your mention of composted horse manure brought back memories. When I was about 6 I stayed with my maternal grandmother one summer. Whenever the coalman, rag and bone man or milkman went past the house I was handed a bucket and shovel and sent to follow the horse. Not my favourite chore! Granny would put some in a sack which dangled in a water barrel for watering her roses.

 
At 10:57 PM, Blogger Matron said...

Damo - how long is a piece of string? Depends how big the crown is. The more you take from it, the less it will be able to build up a crown for next year. If it had say 6 stalks, I might pick two and let the rest grow all season. You might pick 3 and be lucky and the crown might develop some more this year. I left mine until the 3rd year.

 
At 11:32 PM, Blogger Dan said...

I see some sweets in your future :-)

 
At 12:46 AM, Blogger Cabbage Tree Farm said...

That's a very healthy rhubarb patch, you must be looking forward to some pretty yummy pies soon.

 
At 1:48 AM, Blogger Robert said...

Gunnera grows like mad in Cornwall. I used to walk around the Land's end Peninsula a lot when I lived down there, and there was a little valley floor on the southern coast path which was carpeted with the stuff. It easily reached over my head.

 
At 2:48 AM, Blogger Susan in the Pink Hat said...

I've heard a designer say that rhubarb is the poor man's Gunnera.

 
At 11:40 AM, Blogger Jo said...

I can see the resemblance. Your rhubarb is looking fab, you'll get plenty of crumbles out of that.

 
At 1:07 PM, Anonymous kitsapFG said...

That passage is enchanting and the rhubarb delicious looking!

 
At 9:59 PM, Blogger mangocheeks said...

I want to get lost in the rhubarb jungle.

 
At 8:43 AM, Blogger Kalena Michele said...

Simply beautiful!

 
At 2:36 PM, Anonymous Richard said...

The rhubarb looks absolutely delicious! Let us know how they taste once you harvest. The Trebah Garden in Cornwall is gorgeous. I never made it to Cornwall before...closest I got was near Bristol. I'm very envious!

 
At 3:23 PM, Anonymous Christine@Grub, Sweat and Cheers said...

Great looking rhubarb...I'm envious of all the compotes and crumbles you'll get to make!

 
At 4:28 AM, Anonymous Karen said...

Oh, a Gunnera Passage! I must go there someday! Did you feel like a baby dinosaur? Your rhubarb looks amazing! Did you put it under a garbage can again this year or just leave it be?

 
At 7:47 AM, Blogger Matron said...

Karen, it is a very weird perspective to walk under that Gunnera, definitely prehistoric. I didn't cover my rhubarb this year, just let it grow and grow!

 

Post a Comment

<< Home

>