|the gift from Dennis|
|Trimed the leaves to use the stock for jam|
Rhubarb is a special plant. I did not even acknowledge it until I started to do my canning. It is an easy growing veggie and it has so many option for canning as well as baking and cooking. I think it is one of the under loved veggies. Thus we are doing a whole lot of talk about this little wonder today. Last year holy moly two years ago walked down to a my neighbor who I knew was growing the stuff. I wanted to see if I could grab some to experiment with it in some jams. Well that afternoon he brought me up two beautiful plants. How sweet was that!
|Just a baby this spring year 2|
Rhubarb Central and The Rhubarb Compendium
Here is a little something from one of the sites:
"Plant rhubarb roots in early spring. Planting seeds is not recommended as it may take too long for the plants to become established, and the seedlings would not come true to color and size, if that is important to you.
Space rhubarb roots 24 to 48 inches (60-120 cm) apart in rows 3 to 4 feet (1 m) apart for commercial growing. These distances can be decreased to 36 inches for plants in rows and rows for smaller gardens (non commercial). Much smaller than this will seriously crowd the plants and result in a diminished crop and increase the likelihood of spreading disease. A 2-3 year old plant, the Victoria variety can be 4 feet (1.25 meter) in diameter and 3 feet (1 meter) tall. Plant the roots with the crown bud 2 inches (5 cm) below the surface of the soil. The hole for the crown should be dug extra large and composted manure, peat moss or dairy organic should be mixed with the soil to be placed around the roots. Firm the soil around the roots but keep it loose over the buds. Water the crowns after planting. Give the plant 1/4 cup of 5-10-10 worked in to the top 10 inches of soil at planting time. Good garden drainage is essential in growing rhubarb. For home gardeners, planting in raised beds helps ensure against rotting of the crowns. Crowns will have a longevity of many years, but because of diseases and insects, it is Normal to reset a bed after 4-5 years."