Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Rhubarb!

4-25-16 - Jeff pointed out that the rhubarb is growing - I've never seen it in this stage before...

4-29-16

5-13-16

5-29-16:  I found and removed the flower
5-28-16
6-6-16

6-6-16 - after first harvest

We have four rhubarb plants on the property - 3 are on a ridge (man-made, small, I don't know what else to call it) just North of the high tunnel, and one plant is in the high tunnel.  Two of the three outside we knew the previous owners were going to take to their new house.  Well, as hearty as rhubarb is, the plants in those two spots did come back, but small and traumatized.  We decided to leave those plants be for this year, to let them recover.  The largest plant we have is the one outdoors that was not touched.  It was probably 6 feet across before I harvested the first time.  I've harvested a total of 3 times, and gave rhubarb to a few people, and made a dessert once.  And we have 18 or 20 cups of chopped up rhubarb in the freezer.  It's been about a month since I've harvested it, so I really should do one last big harvest and take the rest of the plants.
6-17-16 - see the big leaves to the right that are still crinkley?  New rhubarb shoots...

Fun fact:  As a kid when I would read the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, I didn't know what a "pie plant" was, and so in my head I just envisioned a pumpkin, because, you know, pumpkin pie.  But a pie plant is actually a rhubarb plant!  The more you know...

Hey All - I wrote this post the end of July but never posted it.  Posting it now for posterity, cuz I'm gonna want to go back and reference this in the future.  Also, now I want rhubarb crunch...

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    1. I bought ice cream yesterday, so now I have to make the rhubarb crunch that I promised my hubby so many months ago!

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