REJUVENATE YOUR RHUBARB
After four or five years, rhubarb clumps get crowded and form smaller leaves with thin stems. Clear away most of the leaves, then divide the clump into two or three pieces with several buds and as much root as possible. Bigger chunks will establish faster. Give your new plants a good start with the rich nutrients they require. Dig a big hole and half fill with compost and fertiliser. Old books talk about using a 45cm layer of manure and handfuls of woodash. If neither of these are handy, you can easily make do with homemade compost plus half a bucket of sheep pellets.
Pick up fallen fruit
Ripe apples and pears often drop from fruit trees onto the soft mattress of grasses and herbs, and unless you pick them up and bring them inside, they’ll become bird food or dessert for wasps. Some may already have done so, though all is not lost. If you get to
them soon enough, you can cut off the pecked and chewed bits and stew them up to go on top of your breakfast oatmeal or muesli. If left lying about, the sugary fruits can attract wasps and they’re no fun to stumble upon or wrap a fruit-collecting hand around unwittingly.
Now is the time for sowing and planting vegetables and flowers! Sow brassica seeds and protect young plants with cloches. Sow peas and broad beans and water well as they strike. Gardening by the moon New moon 1.59pm First quarter