This afternoon, I received an email from Bedford Fields, a forest garden just north of Leeds city centre, about what’s happening there. One thing for sure is that it hasn’t been raining.
Funny to think that in all the time I’ve been blogging, there have only been two occasions when too much rain was the issue. The Bedford Fields newsletter reported that there had only been three days of rain in the last six weeks. And my rhubarb would certainly concur with this!
Just look at what greeted me when I went to pick some stalks to make jam:
It had just flopped since this morning.
Most other stuff seems to be bearing up, possibly because of the hugel beds, so when I move the rhubarb in the winter, it may well get its own dose of hugelculture to help sustain it in drier periods.
I’d just moved the rhubarb from its last position by the first apple tree, at the end of the garden, before I learned of hugelculture, and was disappointed that it didn’t get this luxury in its new position by the fence. Now, having learned that rhubarb does actually like sunshine, and the soon-be-fence extension might inhibit its growth, it seems fitting to make the best of the situation.