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GARDENING: RHUBARB RESCUE.

Byline: STEVE RICHES

GERALD Coulson, of Buxton, asks: "My rhubarb is enormous. Can I divide it now or should it wait until spring?".

- I've got an enormous one too, Gerald (titter ye not), and now's the time to act, assuming the ground's not frozen or waterlogged.

Lift the crowns and chuck away the old manky bits, then re-plant the new pieces a good 3ft apart in holes filled with manure or other compost. You should do this every three or four years.

When it comes to harvesting, always twist and pull rather than cut. And don't pick after mid summer or it will taste like battery acid and make your custard curdle.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Nov 28, 2004
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