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
I dug large enough holes to plant the rhubarb and refilled with
I then added more compost as a mulch and watered well.
I will continue with this process until the rest of the rhubarb is
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