This year more than any other, I’ve noticed a pattern in the theme of posts throughout the year. First there were the strawberries, then the poppies, and now there are the leaves.
Earlier in the week, there were loads of leaves on the road where I parked my car. I would have been loathe to collect them from a place where at least in theory they might decompose and add nutrient to the soil. However, so thick beside the curb that many cars hadn’t even tried to park up to it, I decided I’d help out by taking a bag home. So, the compost bin is once more full, after only being filled to the brim with Jerusalem artichoke stalks and leaves last weekend.
Aside from fiddling about with the compost bin, with the last of the dead rhubarb leaves going in it, it was time to fertilise the plant itself for next year. Having learned that rhubarb prefers soil on the slightly acidic side, I chopped up some small pine tree branches and placed them on top of the rhubarb crown.
As this part of the world is not renowned for being wind free, I stabilised the mound with compost, which will add to the nutrient mix as the pine needles decompose. The branches will no doubt take a while longer but that is all to the good. As long as the rhubarb can grow through next spring.