Thursday, April 25, 2013

Dividing Rhubarb and Making A New Planting Bed

Dividing Rhubarb and Making A New Planting Bed

If there's one thing I'm good at it's poor planning. Just ask my perennials that get moved year after year, even after I promise them 'this is the last time, I promise!'

This years poor unsuspecting fool was rhubarb.

When I made the first (yes, the rhubarb has actually been in the same spot about 6 years, possibly a record) made the rhubarb bed, I had no intention of moving it. But as the years have gone buy I realized that I want to move the cow pasture a bit, and the rhubarb patch is in the way. Hence, this Spring's overhaul.

Back a few years ago we put up a green house, and thought we might add a second one. We put plastic on the ground and weighed it down. That is as far as we got with those plans.

Along with most things around here, plans changed and we are not putting up a second green house, at least not in that spot.

The good thing is that the grass there has died and the dirt is nice and loose to dig. A perfect spot to move the rhubarb.

I started by digging up the ground and adding some compost from the cow stall. This compost has been decomposing for the past few years and looks great.

I dug up a large patch of rhubarb and divided it to make the replanting easier.

I dug large enough holes to plant the rhubarb and refilled with dirt.

I then added more compost as a mulch and watered well.

I will continue with this process until the rest of the rhubarb is moved.

I am not sure how much of a harvest we will get this year, but this is the last time I will be moving the rhubarb....promise!

Here are some recipes we've made using rhubarb


  1. Nancy,

    After reading your post I uncovered my rhubarb. Thank you for reminding me to do it. The plants seem to be very happy.


  2. Glad to hear it, Judy. Hopefully this year you will get a large yield and be able to make some of that wonderful rhubarb chutney : )

  3. I wish I had rhubarb. We live in a parsonage. When we got here the only thing around we have are the lawn and pine trees in the back yard. I have got permission to have a garden and it is pretty small. I love flowers and have planted two peonies. Your rhubarb will be beautiful!!

  4. Thanks Angela. Maybe they will let you put in a small patch of rhubarb, as well. It doesn't take too much to get a nice crop. Nice that you have planted the peonies...they are one of my favorite flowers : )
    ~ Nancy