Home' The Chronicle : Canberra Chronicle 08-07-2014 Contents 33 - Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Christ The Redeemer
Canberra Cemeteries is pleased to announce the
release of new premium above-ground crypts and
glass-fronted columbarium niches for the interment
of ashes in the extension.
Expected Completion June 2015
To secure your preferred location:
P (02) 6204 0200
10% discount will be provided for any
purchases made prior to the official opening.
Sour stems prove versatile in kitchen
Rhubarb needs a sunny open site and organically enriched soil.
In the garden
Rhubarb, a corruption of the old name
Rheon babrarum, has been known for
millennia -- not as a food but for the
purgative quality of its roots.
Although the transition from early
records is not clear, by the 1800s
rhubarb was being grown for its stalks,
which were good to eat without ill
effect, and plants were soon forced''
under cover to produce early stems for
the London market.
Traditionally planted in winter for
cropping the following spring and
summer, rhubarb needs a sunny open
site and organically enriched soil.
Red-stemmed varieties such as
Sydney Crimson, Wandin Red, Ever
Red and the new, thick- stemmed, pre-
packed rootstock called Red Dragon
are the first choice. Green stems that
taste fine, but don't quite look the
same can be enhanced with a little red
Set crowns at soil level then
continue to top dress clumps with
compost and manure every spring and
early winter. After 4-5 years plants are
best lifted and divided into smaller
pieces to keep them vigorous. Stems
should be removed as they appear.
Wait at least a year for them to
establish before pulling the first stalks,
then harvest by either pulling or
twisting the stem from the crown
rather than cutting or breaking off.
The toxic foliage, due to a high
content of oxalic acid, can be added to
the compost heap before preparing the
stems for cooking by removing the
tough outer skin, which is easily
peeled away from the bottom up.
Though botanically neither a fruit
nor vegetable, rather a leaf stem or
stalk, rhubarb is remarkably versatile
in the kitchen. It has a natural affinity
with apple, lemon, orange and ginger
and can be used in many sumptuous
desserts -- pies, tarts, fools and
crumbles -- along with pickles, jams
Make sure that houseplants
are not in direct line of heaters
or draughts from doorways.
Remember to keep soil just
moist rather than wet. Remove
any dust from smooth foliage
with a damp cloth and where
possible move flowering plants
into a bright light.
Keep outdoor potted cactus
and succulents in situations of
maximum light, cool airy
conditions and low humidity
wherever you can. Be ready to
cover them with a lightweight
protective cloth (Marix) when
overnight frosts are forecast.
Thin out any overcrowded
clusters on camellia japonica
by removing a few of the
smaller buds, allowing the
remainder to grow to their full
potential. Remember that it is
quite normal for some
camellias to remain in fat bud
for many weeks before finally
Plan for future plantings in
the vegetable plot. Check the
use-by dates of old seed
packets and buy fresh stock as
it arrives on nursery stands.
Time to clean and sharpen the
tines and blades of garden
tools. Sandpaper any wooden
handles free of splinters then
give them a rub with a linseed
CHANCE TO TRY
ON DANCING SHOES
Kambah Scout Hall will come alive
with foot-tapping tunes next Tuesday,
Free jazz and ballet classes for all
ages, from as young as 18 months to
adult, will take centre stage from
12.30pm to 7.30pm.
Kambah Scout Hall is located on
Springbett Street in Kambah. For
more information, phone
0406 811 738.
NERDS UNLEASHED ON
Escape the winter chill and unleash
your inner nerd at a northside
boardgame extravaganza. A range of
the latest and most adored Eurogames
suitable for ages six and older will be
available for play at the Gungahlin
Library Open Games day on
Saturday, July 12. Gaming runs from
10.30am to 4pm. For more
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