Overgrown Rhubarb

Three years ago I bought some rhubarb tubers for my garden.

New rhubarb started in 2015,

We had some extra old tractor tires that I decided to use for the rhubarb bed.  I didn’t put them directly in the ground because we have such a problem with wire grass.  Wire grass regenerates itself by spread roots underground and it’s really hard to get completely out of any garden bed and flower bed.  I laid black cloth under the tire and then filled it with garden soil and manure from my chickens and rabbits and mixed it up really good.

I expected it to grow but not as much as it did.  The tire bed is 12 inches deep and  44 inches around.  Three years later the bed is too crowded and my rhubarb it way too thick.  I dug out two of the four plants in the bed and and divided the tubers into six pieces each and started a new bed near our quince tree in the corner of the garden.

One small patch beside the tire bed. I cleaned out all the grass, worked up the soil with a spade and fork and added a little dirt from the garden edges.

The tubers are 12 inches apart  in  up and down the bed and across the bed.  I fenced it off to keep the chickens from digging it up since we haven’t fenced off the garden yet.

Wonderfully rich soil and some rain showers should give the new beds a great start. I don’t expect to get anything from them this year but next spring should prove very fruitful if the weather cooperates this year.

The tubers in the tire bed have twice the room to grow and now maybe they won’t bloom as quickly.

Now there are only two bunches of rhubarb in the tire. I will probably have to pull one bunch out again next year. We’ll see how it goes!

The rhubarb stalks were getting about 8 inches long and then blooming, not good!!  I always pull off the blooms to send the energy to the stalks.

I froze a lot of rhubarb last year.  My favorite recipe is to clean and cut the stalks into one inch cubes (about four cups)  and pour just enough water over the cubes in a saucepan and slow cook until the rhubarb cooks up.  I take it off the heat and add two cups of sugar and box of our favorite jello.  We especially like strawberry or raspberry jello but I’ve also used cherry or blackberry, yum!!  Let it cool completely in the pan and serve.  This usually makes enough for four pints of fruited rhubarb and I pour it in plastic tubs and freeze three of them.  It freezes well and it’s fantastic to eat like applesauce or on toast like jams/jellies.  DELIGHTFUL!

5 responses to “Overgrown Rhubarb

  1. I’m waiting impatiently for our rhubarb. It’s 2″ tall now. Every time I see strawberries in the freezer I think ahead to the strawberry rhubarb jam I’ll make for my nephew. Can’t wait for rhubarb muffins, too!

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  2. No rhubarb crisp? One of my favorites. Sometimes I add in some cranberries for color. Of course, our rhubarb won’t be up and ready for first picking for another month! Happy spring. 🙂

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  3. There is never too much rhubarb! I still have copies of the rhubarb that I got before I was in kindergarten. My great grandfather gave it to me.

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  4. LOL! You sure do have a green thumb — but you can keep the rhubarb 😉 My dad was that way. I was given a single raspberry bush, and a couple years later my dad dug up more than 100 plants to give to a friend.

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    • The raspberries and blackberries are wild here but like yours they multiply when you blink. I just trimmed our raspberries last week and Eddie had to take the bushhog (equipment for the back of the tractor to mow down anything) and mowed down all of the blackberries that were in our orchard. We couldn’t get to the apple trees for them. He’s still got more to come down but that will happen next week.

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