Be Forewarned, I am a Fey and Quixotic Creative Writer

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

My Rhubarb Project



I put in some rhubarb plants this morning. The site is not ideal. I don't have much land- a 60 by 150 foot lot. I looked for a sunny spot and also one that would not detract from the asthetics of the garden, as the rhubarb does age over the summer. I hope that it gets about six hours of sun a day. Most plants require well drained soil. I don't think that the spot I put them is well drained. The natural soil is heavy clay--I mixed in horse manure and bagged gardening soil.

I bargained with my son and he assisted me with removing the grass. The latest technique for unlawning is to weed wack the lawn very short then cover the area with cardboard or newspaper--to encourage the grass roots to die off. I did not want to wait very long- long enough for the roots to die--so Ben took a spade to them.

Some say horse manure is an ideal garden soil enricher. Dad recalls a memory from his childhood--people going out into the street to gather the horse frockies for their garden.

Dad is one of the reasons why I am going to grow rhubarb. Rhubarb pie is his favorite dessert. My daughter put some in a few years ago--she did not have much to spare. I thought it would be nice to have my own patch. I am also going to make rhubarb compote and a rhubarb beverage. You have to be careful--rhubarb has oxalic acid- you can't eat the stalks all summer-only in early summer and you must never eat the leaves.

Rhubarb is an old fashioned treat. I have been warned by my daughter that I will have more than enough once it takes off!

Here is an interesting article about rhubarb history in England.

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