This year’s rhubarb was wonderful. We had rhubarb crumble, we have rhubarb in the freezer for a treat in the winter, and we have rhubarb and ginger jam. Really though, the rhubarb should have been divided this year. It was left to it’s own devices as I left it too late to do it in the spring. So that is next on the list to be done now – while there is plenty of time and the spring rush isn’t on

Rhubarb plants

The first part of that jobis to get the ground ready for it. I have decided to make the rhubarb do some work for me. The boundary line between the veg garden and the paddock tends to get very weedy. Rhubarb has very thick strong foliage which smothers the weeds around it. Putting those two facts together, I plan to plant the rhubarb splits inside the fence line so that it can spread out and help stop the paddock weeds walking into the garden. At the moment that looks like a win/win to me.

So having chosen my piece of ground I need to dig it all well and deep (rhubarb doesn’t like badly drained soil), and dig in lots and lots of that lovely muck!

The next step is tackle the rhubarb crown itself. Lift the crown by digging around the crown with a spade, then get the ends of a fork under it and prise it out of the ground. Split it by cutting it into wedge shaped pieces with a spade, or by dividing off the obvious “new plants”.

Plant the new plants 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 feet apart, with the buds just covered by an inch or so of soil.

Wait for spring and spend some of those long winter evenings looking for new recipes for all that lovely rhubarb!