Rhubarb Crowns

Just because winter is here, that does not mean that there is nothing to do in the garden. I have now received and planted the rhubarb crowns I ordered to create a rhubarb bed.

First of all I prepared the bed, adding some of the rough compost that the chickens very kindly helped us to make to the vegetable bed that contained a few squash in the summer. (They did not do all that well.) I decided that this spot is rather too exposed for squash but it could do well as a permanent rhubarb bed as rhubarb does not need to be mollycoddled.

I placed the three crowns around 1m apart along the length of the bed, taking care not to bury the crowns. I hope that other than applying some mulches and weeding or watering occasionally I will not have to do much with them until they can be harvested in their second year. It is best not to harvest from the plants in their first year as they need time to become established. I hope they will do well.

Originally, I was planning on planting the rhubarb in the orchard/forest garden but I have not been able to establish whether or not this would be dangerous for the chickens. Reading on-line, some people say that the leaves are poisonous to chickens, as they are to humans in quantity, while others say they have been feeding rhubarb leaves to their birds with no ill-effect. In the absence of hard facts, I decided to err on the side of caution and avoid putting rhubarb where the chickens could get at it.

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Rhubarb Crowns

  1. It’s hard waiting for the rhubarb that first year!

    My crown seemed to take a long time to establish itself. It still wasn’t producing much until I moved it earlier in the year. Probably shouldn’t have picked any this year but the move seemed to wake it up.

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      1. I could have been more explicit in my first comment…. The rhubarb was originally in the open at the southern end of the a south-facing garden, so too much sun and not enough moisture, basically. Now it is happily behind a fence on the north-east side of the house. I also think the ground there was more fertile.

        Anyway, if it has done well this year, it should do brilliantly next year, I hope!

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