Tag Archives: rhubarb

An unexpected jelly

Yesterday evening I got the inspiration to use up some rhubarb which had been lurking in the fridge from reading a blogpost by Reclaiming Paradise with a rhubarb cake recipe. Now, this recipe called for the rhubarb to be stewed … Continue reading

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A country lane marred

At lunchtime, I decided to stretch my legs by posting my Mother’s Day card at the other end of the village. I hadn’t been on this particular walk for many months and as I entered the bridle path I was … Continue reading

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A salutary look round the garden

Yesterday, I left my office for what might be several months. At least I still have a job and my employer has loaned me a laptop so I can keep teaching at home. However, I am trying to keep the … Continue reading

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Too soon, too late

Around the start of the year, I noticed the rhubarb was behaving peculiarly. Or perhaps the soil around the crown was simply falling away. But no, it seems to be sprouting. Considering this variety of rhubarb has normally only started … Continue reading

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No let-up!

If you are in the U.K., you may be forgiven for thinking this post is a moan about the incessant rain. However, as it appears to be doing my garden some good – ah, the sandy loam is coming into … Continue reading

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Where’s the vigour then?

When I bought my pond plant in order to oxygenate the water, I was warned that it might take over and I think it is even banned in Ireland because of this. However, I don’t personally see the threat: True, … Continue reading

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Fields

I decided to take the train to work yesterday and therefore had a pleasant twenty minute walk along the bridleway which runs the length of the estate where I live. As I entered the lane, I noticed a rather curious … Continue reading

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Harvesting what I can

The rhubarb isn’t growing very well this year. I put it down to the crown only being rehomed in its new spot in March, so its roots couldn’t develop in time. Never mind, it is good to have a rest … Continue reading

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Rhubarb and toxicity

Following a discussion on another blog, I decided to look into the toxicity of rhubarb. The upshot was that the stalks not only have less oxalic acid that some other foodstuffs by weight but most people probably get far more … Continue reading

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Lichen or something else?

I hadn’t been totally sure if the daffodils were out early this year or if was my forgetting when the normal time was. But at yesterday’s Old Sleningford Farm workday, everyone confirmed that I hadn’t got muddled. In any case, … Continue reading

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