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Home Vegetable Gardening – Growing Rhubarb

With a quick search on various food recipe sites I was amazed to see the number of different dishes you can create with Rhubarb. Usually rhubarb was always reserved for pies in my household, but you can do so much more with it.

I find rhubarb will grow best for you if you can pick up a few starter plants from a local home or garden center. Keep in mind that rhubarb is a perennial (it will return year after year) and loves to spread out fairly quickly, so plan your garden accordingly. Here is how you can add rhubarb to your backyard home vegetable garden.

Rhubarb likes soil to be on the more acidic side around the 5.5 to 6.5 range on the pH scale. You can simply test your soil with a home soil testing kit available from any home or garden center for just a couple of bucks. Once you have the reading of your soil follow the instructions on the kit to raise or lower the soil’s pH level as needed.

Plant the roots of your rhubarb plant in the springtime at least one inch deep and no deeper than three inches in an area of the garden that receives light shade to full sun. A lot of gardeners I talk to like to plant rhubarb on the outer edge of the garden by itself and space them out two to three feet.

Once planted, make sure you water it well so the soil where the rhubarb is growing is constantly moist. As the rhubarb grows it will develop flowering shoots. Cut these shoots off as they are not needed.

Avoid harvesting rhubarb in the first year and in your second year only take a few so the rhubarb has time to really spread in subsequent years. Starting in year 3 you can really begin to harvest plenty of rhubarb and then every 5 years thin back your rhubarb by removing some of the plants. If it gets too overgrown the rhubarb won’t develop properly.

Since Rhubarb is a perennial crop there is no need for crop rotation or companion planting. Just make sure you feed your rhubarb with a good supply of compost. It will thank you with tasty rhubarb for years to come.

Wonderful Garden Accessories Brighten Up The Home And Garden Too

It seems that most of us love a green space to relax in these days and it is certainly a good way to get away from the rush of everyday living. If the garden is laid out beautifully, anyone who wants to buy a new home will certainly be swayed by how it looks. Indeed, some experts say that it is the garden that sells the house in the first place. Bird houses and water fountains just add to the whole effect so this money is well spent for future sales for sure.

Garden centers, and do-it-yourself stores, usually have great selections of this kind of equipment. But probably the best, and most varied, choice is available online. These stores collect goods from around the world and bring them together all in one place. The choice is often phenomenal too with sizes made to fit into any garden or home itself.

The idea of bringing the outside inside the home is not new. This phenomenon started centuries ago with plants and trees being put into pots so that the home would have a lovely green look to it. These days, however, there are many more accoutrements that can be added to lift the decor and make the place look smart and chic at the same time.

Try placing a few plants under a glass-topped coffee table to bring some interest to this place, or just put a few plants in a group at the base of the stairs. Anything like this will do and they can be moved at will until the right look is achieved. Indeed, those who are afraid of killing off the plants have been told by experts to just ditch them regularly and bring in new ones when they are looking a little yellowed or diseased!

Outside areas are the perfect place to let the imagination run wild. Some people have resorted to building in fully functional fire places complete with chimney breast. The enclosed seating too makes this a wonderful meeting point for family and friends, but if this sounds too over the top, try doing something a little less formal.

Fire stoves are wonderful little gadgets that can be placed here and there for when there are family gatherings. Since they are highly portable, these gadgets go where the people are. Fired by charcoal or wood, these gadgets throw a lot of heat out and are great for barbeque times when the weather is chilled.

Also putting in little nooks around the place is a good way to make private hideaways for those times when someone just wants to read a book etc. There are some wonderfully rustic benches available online and this would be the ideal seating to put in such a place.

For those who have been inspired to try changing their home areas, try first to make a floor plan of the space which is going to be renovated or tidied up. Then put in measurements for all the kinds of things that one wants to bring to the area. Even a few inches extra on a seat will throw the balance off for sure.

Home Vegetable Gardening For the Beginner

When deciding upon your site for the home vegetable garden there are some very important factors to consider eg position, size and shelter.

For your vegetable garden to be successful, position your garden in a sunny, well drained sheltered position. Forget the idea that vegetable gardens have to be hidden away at the back of the section because they can also be a garden of beauty. Also remember that your home vegetable garden needs to be easily accessible to the kitchen.

Choose a site that is sheltered from the prevailing winds but still gains full sun for the majority of the day. Young plants cannot grow successfully if they are competing against cold winds and lack of light and heat (sunshine).

If there is no ready shelter available there are many products that can be used to provide the necessary shelter. For example, wind break or shelter cloth are products that are very easy to erect with some stakes and will provide adequate shelter and if used as a fence around your garden will also provide protection from animals.

Now that you have selected your garden site you need to decide on the size, this will be dependent on the space available and the size of your family. If you are starting out it is a good idea to start small as looking after a small garden is easier than a large one. As you become more experienced you will probably want to expand your garden

Don’t be discouraged if the site you have chosen does not have the ideal soil as this problem can be remedied. Adding compost or rotted animal manure or any other soil nutrient will enhance any soil type. Sometimes adding sand can also help in making the soil less sticky and also aids drainage. Just remember for your garden to grow nutritious vegetables you need to keep feeding the soil before, during and after the growing season.

If your site does not have very good drainage this can be remedied by raising the garden either by building up the soil level or using a retaining wall then building up the soil level. Both these methods will improve the drainage. Another advantage of having a raised garden is that there is less bending involved when weeding or planting seeds in your home vegetable garden – very beneficial for the older gardener who may have knee or hip problems.