I’m so excited that my rhubarb is up and growing like gangbusters!
Rhubarb, if you like it, is a great frugal crop for those of us in the north. A perennial-once you plant it you’ve not only got it for life…but every 4 years or so you can dig it up, chop the roots in half and either double your crop or share it with a friend!
My rhubarb came from fellow blogger and buddy Kathy Purdy over at Cold Climate Gardening. Two years ago we headed out to her yard with a shovel and dug up a chunk. Actually we should have taken a Pickard…and her son had to finish the job. This was truly an heirloom old farmyard patch and the roots were so intertwined we couldn’t get them apart!
The first year you replant rhubarb you just let it grow-no picking! The roots need all the energy they can get from the leaves. The second year you are supposed to pick lightly-it’s still settling in. But the third year? Go to town!!
Last year I picked lightly and made a few jars of tart rhubarb jam. The kids LOVED it!! What can I say. I’ve got interesting kids We have been semi hoarding the jars all winter to make them last, and now the kids areas thrilled as I am to see the Rhubarb coming up.
Do any of you grow rhubarb? What are your favorite recipes? I’d love to have you share.