Planting Spring Gardens: Rhubarb

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Rhubarb plants can thrive year-round in a spring garden given the right care and attention. Plant rhubarb for spring with the tips in this free video on gardening and farming from a professional organic gardener. View Video Transcript

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Daniel Botkin

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Hi, Laughing Dog back with you again, talking about rhubarb. Now rhubarb is one of those incredibly delicious and nutritious crops that everyone loves. But people forget how easy it is to grow. Rather than plant a seed and wait for it to develop, these perennials, they're here as work horses, year round, producing food, whether you remember to take care of them or not. We on them hill top here, have an incredibly early rhubarb harvest, partly because of the exposure, but partly because of this. When it comes up in the spring, peeping through its winter compost, we peel back the winter compost, exposing it, and maybe even work some of the soil open a little bit, give it a little bit of air. And now I'm going to apply some of my delicious, compost rich planting mix; pure compost would work just as well. No lime, but loves the compost. And I'm going to work it in the soil, all through the rhubarb right underneath, in and around the roots. And as we've taught you before, anytime you apply compost or fertilizer to the soil, you want to tuck it back in and cover it back up with mulch, to protect those valuable nutrients, and also to keep the clump of rhubarb from drying out. Now this stuff grows so fast, that I would say by the end of this week, we'll be making our first pie.