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Rhubarb Newbie

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by Muskrat on September 06, 2005 11:21 PM
So, I have a new garden and what luck! what luck! Three Rhubarb Plants! I have never grown rhubarb, and I LOVE cooking with it, so I want to make sure that I make it as happy as possible for next year!

I had found a nice website called the Rhubarb Compendium with lots of information, but it is still unclear to me:
Do I cut back the rhubarb plant to the ground before the first frost?

Thanks for your help!
Muskrat
by weezie13 on September 07, 2005 08:55 AM
Nope, Don't do anything to it..
No cutting..
Not for winter..
Mother nature will take care of it for going
to sleep..*should* if it's already growing..

~~~~Question, are you coming into fall like
we are here? Or just beginning your summer??
I haven't a clue???

I leave mine be...
for going into winter..

Come spring, I load a load of compost all the
way around the drip line...*where when the plants are at it's tallest, and watered, the water would fall off to the ground..*
They love organics, or humusy soil...
Compost is the only thing I've ever put.
*there may/might be other stuff, I've just never done it...*

After you put the compost on it,
it comes up... don't be afraid if you get
a late frost...it's should be okay.

When using or harvesting your Rhubarb,
NEVER CUT IT, ALWAYS PULL IT OUT,
it should pull out a socket like at the base,
and will pull easily...*at least mine does*

And if you search thru here, in the recipe
section, I think there's a couple of things
that are posted..

I have a recipe for a pie with raspberries,
cause the girl who made it up is allergic to
strawberries and that's a popular additive
with rhubarb....

But remind me to dig it out...

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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