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A simple guide to growing rhubarb. (that even beginner gardeners can follow)
Written By Mary Miller
Growing your own edible garden is a great way to supplement your food supply. If you are a beginner gardener, you can start simple with easy-to-grow vegetables, such as rhubarb.

Preparation for planting rhubarb.
rhubarb growing guide
Once the season is right and you have selected your planting area, then you are ready to plant your rhubarb.
red dot Mix compost, rotted manure, and other organic matter into your soil. The manure should not be fresh, otherwise its high nitrate content can kill your rhubarb.
red dot Dig large bushel-basket sized holes that are around two to four feet apart.
red dot Plant your year-old rhubarb crowns around two inches below the surface of the soil.

Caring for your rhubarb plants.
growing rhubarb guide
As long as your rhubarb do not compete with any weeds, they should remain protected from pests and diseases.
red dot Discourage the growth of weeds by mulching your rhubarb plants generously with heavy layers of straw, leaves, cow manure, and other organic matter. This also helps in retaining moisture and providing nutrients for your rhubarb.
red dot Water your rhubarb regularly, especially during the summer. Take care to give them just enough water – waterlogged roots will rot, while dehydrated stalks will be tough and bitter.
red dot After the first frost, fertilize your rhubarb plants with a high-nitrogen fertilizer, such as rotted manure. Do not use chemical fertilizers or fertilizers that are rich in nitrates.
red dot Remove seed stalks and flower stalks as soon as they appear. These can keep your plant from producing leaves if they are left intact.
red dot Dig up your rhubarb and split their roots once every three to four years. This should be done when they are dormant during the early spring or fall.

Harvesting your rhubarb plants
You'll know the stalks are ready once they have grown 12 to 18 inches long and are not too thin.
red dot Firmly grasp the base of the stalk.
red dot Gently twist the stalk and pull it away from the plant.
red dot Make sure your rhubarb can continue producing by leaving behind at least two stalks per plant.
red dot Remove the poisonous leaves.
red dot Remove any remaining plant debris.
Your delicious rhubarb stalks can then be made into rhubarb pies, jams, pudding cakes, and other recipes.
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