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Rhubarb - the lazy gardener's ideal vegetable 
Jun. 9, 2012 3:55 pm 
Updated: Jun. 21, 2013 11:49 am

My short and sweet (or should I say tart) blog on the often maligned rhubarb:


Growing rhubarb in your garden couldn’t be simpler or easier. Once planted, it requires very little maintenance and is a perennial, so it comes back year after year. Also, rhubarb tolerates shade so it is perfect for that spot in the garden that doesn’t get full sun.

The rhubarb growing in my garden.

See also AR’s articles:


Try our favorite rhubarb recipe:


Here’s some other tasty incentives to give rhubarb a try if you haven’t already:

Tid Bits:

There are green and red stalk varieties of rhubarb

Don’t eat the leaves –they’re toxic

Rhubarb needs cool weather

Only pick up to four stalks per plant at a time so the plant can generate new growth

Cut back any flowering stalks so the plant’s energy goes back into generating more stalks


Happy gardening and baking!
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Jun. 9, 2012 7:22 pm
Your photos of the plant itself take me back so many years. I love all your recipes. Thanks, Deb.
Jun. 9, 2012 7:30 pm
I have never had rhubarb, Deb, but you certainly peaked my interest! Beautiful photos!!
Jun. 9, 2012 11:52 pm
I tried to transplant mine this year, but it didn't survive. Gonna have to start with a new one...love the margarita idea!!!
Deb C 
Jun. 10, 2012 4:02 am
Thanks Marianne, I'm always on the hunt for good rhubarb recipes as I have a ton of it in the garden. :)
Deb C 
Jun. 10, 2012 4:05 am
You're not alone Shorecook. Several cooks on the buzz said they had never tried it which is why I did this little blog. Rhubarb is very tart though. Thanks for the compliment on the photos!
Deb C 
Jun. 10, 2012 4:08 am
I'm sorry to hear your transplanting didn't work out Petey. All us gardeners have run into that a time or two, have we not? BTW - the margarita is excellent!
Jun. 10, 2012 8:08 am
Deb-wow, what a variety using rhubarb. My FIL always had rhubarb growing in his garden. He only grew it for the neighbor. When I asked him why- he said to get rhubarb pie. Thanks for the great blog.
Jun. 10, 2012 12:07 pm
I remember my grandfather growing rhubarb - it was the only food item in his extensive garden. I ate it as a kid but really have grown to love it as an adult. Now if I could only figure out how to grow it in a planter on my terrace. I have been experimenting with using it in savory dishes. You might like this http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/62818096/rhubarb-wild-rice-pilaf/detail.aspx
Deb C 
Jun. 11, 2012 3:11 am
Thanks Lela - I must find a good rhubarb pie recipe. It’s challenging finding good ways to use up the rhubarb in the garden. BigShotsMom just offered a great rice dish that looks really good. Thanks BigShotsMom for shaing. I’m definitely going to try it.
Jun. 11, 2012 4:19 am
I never knew the plants themselves look so beautiful. Almost tropical. The rhubarb custard bars look scrumptous. Would the rhubarb margarita go along good with those? Might have to have a rhubarb party! Thanks for posting, Deb :)
Jun. 11, 2012 4:40 am
Very informative, Deb and great pics! I will def have to pick some up and give it a try! :)
Jun. 11, 2012 4:44 am
Yum! I love rhubarb, as a kid used to eat it right off the plant with salt. Been trying to figure out a place in the yard for a plant or two. Thank goodness I can get frozen packages chopped and ready to go at a place here in town.
Deb C 
Jun. 11, 2012 4:51 am
Thanks! Godzilla - the margarita is wonderful and would go great with just about anything! I was surprised I liked it so much. Christina - I hope if you try it you like it. Make sure you have sugar! LN - I can't imagine eating it right out of the garden it's so tart! :)
Jun. 11, 2012 5:37 am
Well Deb, you just may have convinced me to give rhubarb a try. I love BigShotMom's idea of a rice pilaf! Thanks for educating those of us who have never had it before! Great photos, btw!
Deb C 
Jun. 11, 2012 6:17 am
Thanks Belle. I agree, the rhubarb in the rice pilaf I think would work really well.
Jun. 11, 2012 6:29 am
Did you know that rhubarb likes to grow beside other rhubarb? It needs to have two to do well! And then watch out, it just grows like crazy!
Jun. 11, 2012 7:11 am
rhubarb, sort of like rabbits, the gift that keeps on giving. I love the stuff, made many gallons of wine, jars of jam, cake, squares, and it seems a container of fruit sauce sits in the fridge from the first few stalks until I get caught up with all the other fruits that surface. I also remember eating the first tender shoots with sugar as a kid, maybe that is why I am bitter as an adult:) I have a few plants in the garden, use the leaves for pesticides. I also had a plant in the middle of the yard, it took me 4 years to kill that plant, drove over it with the lawn tractor everytime I cut the grass and it just kept coming back
Deb C 
Jun. 11, 2012 7:45 am
Great tip Rita - thanks! As always redneck, you are a hoot! I love the idea of using the leaves for a pesticide - good to know. Thanks!
Jun. 11, 2012 7:45 am
I LOVE rhubarb so when I found it at my local Las Vegas farmer's market for $6 a pound, i committed to planting it in the shade of my five fruit citrus tree in the desert. So far it looks fine. I hover over it everyday to encourage it's growth and just plain survival. I am hoping the micro tropical climate might keep it going. Stay tuned :)
Deb C 
Jun. 11, 2012 8:06 am
Good luck Maui - let me know how you make out!
Jun. 11, 2012 8:14 am
Deb C.....hope springs eternal and I hope my rhubarb does too LOL
Jun. 11, 2012 11:11 am
Deb, I sure wish we could grow it down here in FL, but too hot. I rarely even see it in the grocery stores, and when I do it is pricey and doesn't look very good. Too bad, because that Rita looks good! I remember my grandma growing it in PA and I loved her pies!
Deb C 
Jun. 11, 2012 1:52 pm
I'll have to send you some Sherri!
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