We were concerned with all the snow of damage to the rhubarb patch but it seems to have come through just fine and with some warm weather has grown overnight it seems. With almost daily rain of late it had started to put up giant seeds pods and I noticed some of the stalks were starting to get large so I knew it was time to pick some. I don't want the stalks to get too big and woody.
First is to cut the seed pods off, after all I want the plant to concentrate on producing stalks right now and not seeds. I will cut these one more time after this initial cutting.
The seed pods will go into the compost. Since the seeds are not developed they should not sprout. Remember the leaves are poisonous and do not feed them to any of the animals including you.
Then I start thinning the biggest stalks. Twisting the stalk and breaking it off at ground level. They should twist off cleanly where they adjoin the the root or main stalk.
Then I tackle my pile of stalks cutting off the leaves. The leaves also go into the compost. My compost tends to fill quickly this time of year.
My rhubarb you will notice is a green rhubarb. I have no idea what variety since my start was given to me by a farmer living locally that had been growing it for 50 years. I tend to like these type of gifts because I know that these varieties are acclimated to this area and soils. This rhubarb has been no exception producing prolifically and almost too much. I will be thinning it out in the near future and sharing with friends and neighbors. I will not be extending my own patch as I just do not need any more rhubarb plants. Once I have thinned it I will side dress the plants with rabbit poop and allow it to grow for the rest of the summer. I should however get at the least 1 more cutting off it.
For now though I have a nice batch to go inside and an entire wheel barrow of biomass for the compost.
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