|~ look what's popping up already! ~|
One of my much anticipated chores is to check on my rhubarb plants. Over the winter, I will put my kitchen compost directly on the dormant plants instead of into the compost tumbler.
It's amazing how quickly the compost breaks down & at this time of year, I'll gently remove the thick layer of mulch to see if shoots are starting to pop up.
|~ remove the compost covering the crowns ~|
Last week there was not much to see - but this week we have growth! So that means it's time to cover it with a different sort of cover.
I carefully remove the compost from around the crowns & check to see if the plant will require dividing this year.
|~ cover them up ~|
Now I just pop a tote or bucket over top the plants & wait another month or so. The stalks will grow, looking for light & I'll be able to harvest tall, tender stalks (with not much leaf growth) much sooner than usual.
I'll check on them weekly to make sure they are getting water & on really great, warm days, I'll remove the covers to let them get a bit of sunshine.
Can't wait to cook or bake with some fresh rhubarb!