Plant Profiles

 
Rhubarb

 

If you love Strawberry Rhubarb pie and want to grow your own supply of rhubarb now is the time to take action.

Dig a hole, two feet deep, and wide, for each plant, (or if you are like me and need to have lots of rhubarb growing in a row, dig a trench). Fill the hole with compost about 18″ deep.

Position the clump of the new plants deep enough to allow them be covered by 2″ – 3″ of soil.
Refill hole or trench with equal parts topsoil compost and peat moss and a generous handful of organic fertilizer for good measure. Rhubarb is a heavy feeder and will appreciate this treatment. Mulch with straw or well rotted stable bedding this winter and in subsequent years mulch in autumn with well rotted manure.

Don’t harvest the first spring but allow the plants to build their strength for future harvests. The second year harvest modestly in years three and four your yields will be tremendous. In year five divide the plants and share with young gardening friends.

 
 
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