Posts Tagged ‘rhubarb’

Rhubarb 2010 is here

r.P1050722

The other day it was hardly noticeable and then suddenly it appeared, out of knowwhere, a bit of “waste land” it always seems.  From a bare bit of soil, the alien looking stems and leaves of the Rhubarb start to appear.   My aim in life this year is to do a bit more than the normal rhubarb crumble with it.

Finaly we have Raspberries

P1050464

For years I have wanted raspberries but never got round to sorting out ground to put them in. It has taken quite a bit of work over the last year to transform the small strip of “waste” along the side of the driveway into something useful. It was just large shingle which over the years had turned to weeds and long grass and looked more like a long forgotten verge on the side of the road. A bit of a waste and didn’t look too good either. I notice that a lot of people on our road no longer have this bit in their front gardens, most have replaced it with concrete for a bit of extra car space.

For us, it is now had bags and bags of stones removed, lots of weeds removed and all during late summer last year had some small wild flower seed scattered over which looked good. This year, I have purchased six raspberry canes, dug six large holes, filled with acidic compost and popped the canes in. I got these canes off a nursery on Ebay with the idea that it is three varieties that span the whole growing season. I forgot the names, although I do remember we have Autumn Bliss as one of them just as we did on the allotment years ago.

It will be interesting to see how they go over the next 12 months. We still have a tayberry bush and the rhubarb, and of course the wild strawberries which really should be replaced with normal ones

Finally we have raspberries

P1050464

For years I have wanted raspberries but never got round to sorting out ground to put them in.  It has taken quite a bit of work over the last year to transform the small strip of “waste” along the side of the driveway into something useful.  It was just large shingle which over the years had turned to weeds and long grass and looked more like a long forgotten verge on the side of the road.   A bit of a waste and didn’t look too good either.  I notice that a lot of people on our road no longer have this bit in their front gardens, most have replaced it with concrete for a bit of extra car space.

For us, it is now had bags and bags of stones removed, lots of weeds removed and all during late summer last year had some small wild flower seed scattered over which looked good.   This year, I have purchased six raspberry canes, dug six large holes, filled with acidic compost and popped the canes in.   I got these canes off a nursery on Ebay with the idea that it is three varieties that span the whole growing season.    I forgot the names, although I do remember we have Autumn Bliss as one of them just as we did on the allotment years ago.

It will be interesting to see how they go over the next 12 months.  We still have a  tayberry bush and the rhubarb, and of course the wild strawberries which really should be replaced with normal ones

First Rhuburb 09

Yum, our first pickings this year and it went very well with crumble and custard!   Tom and Jack picked and cut it all up, I cooked it in a saucepan with 1 tablespoon of water for 15 minutes.  Meanwhile, we made the crumble mix (which chopped nuts in) and put that on a baking tray, popped into the oven for 10 minutes (turning halfway) which gave us a nice crunchy crumble.   Added the two together and kept heated in the oven until we were ready.

Rhubarb 09 is here

This originally came from a friend in Brighton, we put it in the ground one year and have done little since.  It gives us enough each year.

Last Rhubarb of 2008

Been meaning to pick this for ages, our last lot of rhubarb for the year.   Apart from Rhubarb crumble, I never really know what to use it with.   Everyone likes rhubarb crumble but there must be more to rhubarb life than just that.

IMGP5022

The rhubarb bed is now all clear.   From some wood that I got from Freecycle I have doubled the height of the bed which will one day stretch right along the side.

IMGP5023

Rhubarb Rhubarb Rhubarb

Here is something, all this rhubarb could do with picking right now and eating.

IMGP4288-ud.JPG