When rhubarb plants are divided up they can take a couple of years to re-established but three years on I have a fine crop. Here’s a fab recipe for Rhubarb, Cardamom and Rose jam from Diana Henry’s excellent book Salt, Sugar, Smoke. The subtle flavour of cardamom and the intense flavour of rose water is a stunning combination and I have cropped the rest of the rhubarb to make more. urbanvegpatch.blog has some good ides for using rhubarb especially the meringue pudding recipe.
A reminder from a stall in Jerusalem to sow radishes, Spring onions and more flat-leaf parsley this week. The seeds will be sown in labelled rows directly into raked soil that will have been gently watered.
Broccoli ‘Rudolph’ seeds sown two weeks ago in a pot are now in individual plugs to establish strong roots. This will begin to crop in September but is at its very best from November to February. My Purple Sprouting Broccoli plants have been cropping since Mid-March and it will be good to bridge the gap with this earlier one next Autumn/Winter.
Verbena bonariensis plants needed cutting back months ago – they were nearly a metre tall. With lots of new green side shoots all the way up the plant I was reluctant to waste them. So I snipped off the shoots and dipped the ends in hormone rooting powder and 8 weeks on they have formed good roots. There’s plenty of time to do this if you wish to propagate from older plants since they grow fast when planted in the soil and flower late summer till early Winter.
I was glad not to have missed Tulip ‘Bruine Wimpel’ whilst away and it goes well with the lime-green of Euphorbia robbiae.