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My Rhubarb: The First Crop of 2012

I’ve fond 1980’s memories of the ash from the old coal fire ending up on top of our stools. They sat in the top right hand corner next to the compost heap. The stools that were never split in their life time and such were their notoriety I doubt a specific book in the local library even existed on them.

Sometimes it is good to remember just how simple it can be be. But and on the other hand I spent eons reading up, cropping, planting, re-reading and forcing in my horticultural college days. Science and arts aside, if you want to give this quasi tomato-esque fruity vegetable a go, it just doesn’t get much easier than this.

Of note and on a side not is it’s similarity in appearance to the plant Gunnera. I have more than once hands worth of fingers used it is normal garden design, where a designated vegetable garden was not wanted for.

Back to it and my tips: Buy your stools well. Plant it. Never feed it. Ignore and neglect it. Pick it when you see it and have a mug of coffee next to it before you go to work. Sometimes I have a wee chat with mine. Planted in the darkest, dampest patch of my garden, this variety is Timperly Early. Enjoy 😉

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Cropping My Rhubarb


It’s not that long ago that I mentioned my rhubarb and the fact that I would be cropping it soon.

I did it today. This video, hopefully will help you get the most out of yours. I don’t have that many plants, but I will when I divide them most likely next season. Another video for another day you say. You can of course grow these in pots if you would like some from a small space. As you can see from this and my last post on rhubarb, they get very little special treatment.

The variety I recommend and know best from my college days is Timperly Early

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I have never forced rhubarb in my life. In that same breath I like this post on The Cheaters Guide To Growing Your Own.

How do I grow my rhubarb….? Very simply. In fact if this post was a book titled an easy guide to rhubarb , it would say simply say…

plant it in the ground and you’ll be grand

….. the end 😉



The Sodcast – Episode 29

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This Weeks Oddities:

The Early Days of the Dublin – Drogheda Railway Our speaker, Rev. Dr. Norman Gamble, a rail enthusiast, has studied the minute books of the railway company. His talk will cover the planning, construction and first four years operation of the railway.  Wednesday 9th March in the Presbyterian Church Hall, Dublin Road at 8 pm. All welcome. Parking available.

The 19th Century Celtic revival and Celtic cross tombstones in Glasnevin Cemetry by Dr. Peter Harbison in Fingal Local Studies & Archives, Clonmel House, Forster Way, Swords, on Wednesday 2nd March at 7.30 pm. Admission free. Tel. 8704486

If Maps Could Talk by Richard Kirwan former Director of the Ordnance Survey of Ireland. The talk is taking place on Wed 30th March at 7pm in Rush Library. The event is free to all, but it is important to book a place. You can do so by calling 01-8708414

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Recorded at the Fingal Folk Club, what a nice way to end the podcast…. this will be playing over the weekend whilst I sit on the lawn on Sunday and have a cup of tea with my daughter 😉

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The Sodcast – Episode 28

sodshow, garden podcast

The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – in iTunes, www.sodshow.com all good podcast stores.


Listen to The Sodcast in MP3 – or subscribe/ listen to the podcast in iTunes. Alternatively, subscribe to the blog and listen to them right here. Missed Episode 27 of the garden podcast ?

First Up:

You can contact me in the following ways:

Recently On The Blog:

Images For The Podcast:

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This Weeks Oddities:

And Finally: