Baby rhubarb

I can’t believe it is a month ago since I last volunteered at my local organic farm. And here I was once again, this time first potting up basil seedlings,

followed by rhubarb transplants. I’d always wondered why the farm didn’t grow more rhubarb, especially considering we are in the Rhubarb Triangle. However, I potted on at least thirty baby rhubarb crowns, so it looks like things are going to change in a few years.

I have no idea how long it will take for the rhubarb to become productive but I will be able to find out in my own back garden. I had only last night been thinking of adding to my own rhubarb stock by planting a new crown near the shed, so was really pleased when I was offered one of the newly potted up transplants to take home with me.

Leaves battered by the high winds this afternoon

The little plant is sitting on a piece of Yorkshire stone, one of many which I acquired from a Freegler last weekend. He was desperate for me to take as much as I possible could, as he had a rather large pile of it sitting in the lane behind his house after both he and his neighbour had had their back yards resurfaced months ago.

I’m not sure where I am going to put it all at the moment. I’m reluctant to lose too much growing space for a garden path but I’m still stepping on too many unstable house bricks to navigate across the garden and I’ve had one too many accidents. So, once the garden is cleared of vegetation in appropriate places, at least some of the stones can be found a place.

In the meantime, I am planning my next moves in the garden. I need to sow the runner and French beans but, in spite of last night’s rain I’m still going to need a chisel to get into the soil. I have at least cleared the borage plants which were well passed their best in order to be able to access the area to be sown with some of the beans. We had enjoyed eating the occasional flower but I’d mostly left them for the sparrows who seem to have a penchant for them.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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12 Responses to Baby rhubarb

  1. I loved growing my own rhubarb, years ago. I wonder if it can be grown in a large pot…

  2. I trust you will get those stones in place and the bricks out of the way before coming a cropper.

  3. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I read that rhubarb crowns should not be picked the first year, lightly the second and then they should be established and can be picked as normal. Those stone slabs should make a lovely path or stepping stones – what a lucky find! I too need to plant out my climbing beans – if I don’t do it soon they will wind round each other and be a real problem to untangle without breaking them.

    • Helen says:

      At least you have beans to plant out 😊 mine are still in the packet…

      I can’t remember how big or small my first rhubarb crown was in comparison with the baby I brought home yesterday, which really is just a seedling. So, I’m wonder if it will be any size at all next year or if it will need another year in a pot.

      • Going Batty in Wales says:

        Your beans will catch up! If your rhubarb is a seedling it may need a bit more time to grow big enough to harvest but the nice thing about gardening is that there is always next year to do better or try something new or just let things get bigger.

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