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Postby Durgan » May 09, 2008 12:21 pm

Rhubarb

http://phonga.notlong.com 9 May 2008 Rhubarb First Picking.

The stalks are pulled not cut. I usually get four pickings, and never pick after about June 20 to allow the plant to store food for next year's growth.

This is the second food from the garden in 2008, I had a bit of chives previously.
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Re: Rhubarb

Postby butterfly » May 09, 2008 1:04 pm

Durgan wrote:Rhubarb

http://phonga.notlong.com 9 May 2008 Rhubarb First Picking.

The stalks are pulled not cut. I usually get four pickings, and never pick after about June 20 to allow the plant to store food for next year's growth.

This is the second food from the garden in 2008, I had a bit of chives previously.


Durgan

I have one awful time growing Rhubarb

I am told to put lots of manure around it or wood ashes

I do each fall and Spring but a lot of keeps dying off and the 4 small stalks I have left never grow into anything

What am I doing wrong

I love th stuff so much and I would like my own to grow which I haven't been able to get it to grow in years

I even planted new plants about 8 years ago and it did nothing
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Postby B_BQ » May 09, 2008 1:15 pm

Nice first crop Durgan!

I too love rhubarb, and when we moved into this house in November 2005 I was very happy to see quite a large patch of it! I picked some in very early spring 2006 too, and couldn't believe how SOUR it was! Now, I like sour, (I like to eat lemons!), but honestly no matter how much sugar I added it was still sour. Not nice at all. I can also normally eat rhubarb raw, without any sugar!

Fall 2007 we hauled it out! My gosh, the roots went down forever, but we did manage it. We threw it all away, but this spring I notice it is growing again in the place where we threw it away! :roll: It can stay there!

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Postby Durgan » May 09, 2008 1:23 pm

It has been grown in most places where I lived in Canada. I am not completely satisified with my plants, and am going to make a new bed this year.

The best that I ever grew was in marsh soil in Brampton, ON in a slightly raised bed. Full sun and about three feet between plants. The plant doesn't enjoy wet feet for any long period, so drainage is probably important.

It has also been grown successfully in heavy clay, but my gut feeling is that drainage is probably the real criteria.

A a child in Northern Saskatchewan, we had about 12 plants in the homestead garden (clay), and the area at full growth was like a jungle. I visited after 30 years and the plants were still growing, but small due to over-growth limiting sun exposure.

Don't pick the first year after planting, and pick sparingly the second year. Full picking can be done in the third year. Cease picking after about June 20, as I indicated. in the original post.

I enjoy the stalks very much, also.
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Postby Sharon Bryson » May 09, 2008 3:30 pm

Hi Durgan:
Your rhubarb looks lovely, especially for this early in the season.
Ours won't be quite ready for a few more days....missed the Mother's Day schedule this year!
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Postby Durgan » May 09, 2008 3:52 pm

Sharon Bryson wrote:Hi Durgan:
Your rhubarb looks lovely, especially for this early in the season.
Ours won't be quite ready for a few more days....missed the Mother's Day schedule this year!


I looked up last years effort, and we had rhubarb on the 3 of May, so it indicates we are about a week behind this year.
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