I have always wanted to grow rhubarb and asparagus.
When we moved to Kentucky, it took a couple of years to get the garden set up. Vince was not a gardener and I think he thought it was something I’d get over if he put it off long enough .. but I didn’t so he built me a garden. I wanted asapragus and rhubarb and he said “It takes three years for asparagus and a couple of years for rhubarb. We won’t be here three years.” We were there 9-1/2 years. I never planted any. We got to Missouri and same thing . . we won’t be here three years. We were there four years but didn’t have the garden the first year so asparagus would not have been a good investment there.
We got to Texas and thought that was our forever location so I planted asparagus and . . you know how that went. It did great there and we had plenty of asparagus. I still have a bit left that I freeze dried. Rhubarb would have been an annual in Texas and even with that, I doubt it would have grown there.
Here, rhubarb and asparagus grow well. In last night’s master gardener class they were talking about rhubarb and asparagus being the only perennial vegetable that grows well here. That was nice to hear since we have both.
This is a picture taken probably two months ago of the asparagus.
Here’s what the asparagus bed looks like today.
It has grown and really filled out.
You can see where I planted each root crown and how many stalks grew from each. I know you’re not supposed to but I cut enough asparagus for us to eat several times. In the probably 7 years of having asparagus in Texas, I never had to thin it but I’ll bet I have to thin this after next year or for sure the third year.
As far as the rhubarb, I could not find that anywhere so I ordered “starts”, which were tiny little seedlings. I repotted them all and here’s what they look like today.
It’s grown a lot! I’m not sure if the best thing to do with it is plant it in the ground in the next few weeks and mulch it really well before the freezing starts or if I’d have better luck trying to keep it alive inside til spring. It’s getting a bit spindly so I’m thinking putting it outside and mulching it would be a better idea.
I’m thinking I’ll plant it, get Vince to make something like a little chicken wire dome to cover the whole row. I’ll mulch it around the base with mulch but then try to keep a good cover of leaves. Hopefully the chicken wire will keep the leaves in place and then when it’s really cold . . like if it gets into the -20’s again this year, I can cover it with plastic and clothespin the plastic to the chicken wire.
Even last year when we had almost two weeks of nights into the -20’s, my friend’s rhubarb was fine outside but it was established.
Anyone have any thoughts? Thanks!