There are some small rhubarb plants sending up their shoots in the backyard raised beds. I believe these were planted by the previous owner of the house, so they’re well over 20 years old by now.
They haven’t been growing very big in the last few years (or ever in my memory, to be honest). I really love rhubarb at this time of year – what other “fruit” is in season in April? So, I’d really like to see if I can bring these plants back into production.
As we continue to be under strict social distancing orders in the state of WA, Nate and I worked at the community garden on Saturday morning alone again. We continued weeding the blueberry patch – the half that is still thick with weeds. We didn’t make a ton of progress, so I don’t have cool before and after photos to show you.
Instead, I’ll show you some of the other things growing in the garden. The garden members have all been working in the garden at different times throughout the week to keep things going. I think we accomplished more this week than we normally would with our usual two-hour Sunday work party, perhaps because people are spending extra time in the garden these days to keep busy and take their minds off of the current global situation. Also, since we’re not able to socialize, we’re more focused on the task at hand.
The asparagus beds (photo above) are looking really good! At the beginning of the season, these beds were so overrun with weeds that we couldn’t tell what was bed and what was path. Some of the other members of the community garden spent a lot of time weeding them and then mulching them up with more soil and compost to get them to this state.
The asparagus are coming up!
And so are the horsetail (sigh). There was bit of a snafu with the horsetail in the asparagus bed this week…someone mistook horsetail for asparagus and asparagus for horsetail. They pulled out the asparagus and left the horsetail! Oops.
Fortunately, the mistake was caught that same day, and the asparagus was replanted with extra mulch, so (fingers crossed) it wasn’t too badly damaged.
In the raised beds, the peas are looking good and the onions are slowly growing.
We’ve also planted lettuce, beets, and carrots (carrots not pictured).
The rhubarb is growing rapidly! Soon enough we’ll have rhubarb to harvest, and I can’t wait!