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Rhubarb ‘Timperley Early’ is a popular variety that produces early, tender stems of rhubarb with a tangy flavor. This hardy perennial vegetable is perfect for adding a touch of tartness to pies, crumbles, and other baked goods.
The best position for planting rhubarb is in a sunny or partially shaded area with well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. When planting, make sure to space the crowns about 75cm apart and ensure the soil is weed-free and well-cultivated. It’s best to plant rhubarb in the spring or autumn.
Rhubarb ‘Timperley Early’ typically begins to produce edible stalks in early spring, around April, and continues through to June. During the first year, it’s best to avoid harvesting any stems and instead focus on building up the plant’s root system. After the first year, you can start to harvest the stems by gently pulling them away from the base, making sure to leave at least two or three stems on the plant.
When it comes to feeding, rhubarb requires a generous amount of organic matter in the soil. Incorporate well-rotted manure or compost into the soil around the plants in early spring to help keep them healthy and productive. Avoid feeding rhubarb with high nitrogen fertilizers as this can encourage leafy growth at the expense of the stems.
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