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Dorset Coastal

Postby melsieniko » Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:42 pm

Hi all

I've been growing veg for years, but all up north. I now find myself on a sheltered, south facing spot on the Dorset coast. Does anyone know when my last frost should be? And being mild is it possible to grow rhubarb (as I understand it needs quite a long cold period in the winter)?
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Re: Dorset Coastal

Postby Diane » Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:23 pm

I'm in South Dorset too and have two rhubarb clumps for years.. They grow really well in spite of being in a south facing garden. As for frost, usually from the first week in May is safe.
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Re: Dorset Coastal

Postby Westi » Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:32 pm

Welcome melsienko!

I'm Dorset right near the coast as well. It would be highly unlikely for us to get a frost right on the coast now, but definitely further inland will, it is just the coastal rim that is protected & I also have protection from the island. The allotment is about a mile & a half away & it often has a frost when nothing at home as it just has farmland behind so I have to grow everything with protection there until mid/end April. I grow rhubarb very successfully, it is quite happy so long it is mulched over the winter to protect the crown, too much cold will kill it.
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