By Vanda – the cheap and lazy gardenerRhubarb is a hardy perennial which never gets watered at our house. It is early to mature so gets all the moisture it needs from snowmelt and spring rains. My rhubarb thrives in the rocky clay soil of Joe Rich and is my first perennial crop of the year. Although culinary-wise it is thought of as a fruit, it is actually a vegetable.
The leaves and flowers are poisonous because they contain high levels of oxalic acid, however they have their uses. They can be used as moulds for creating concrete birdbaths and steppingstones. If you’re interested, instructions can be found on the WWW. Tip: The underside of the leaf makes a bolder imprint.
Rhubarb flower, Rasbak – Wikimedia
Cutting the pulled end.
Rhubarb’s best friend.