I wish I had flowers to flaunt, and some day I will:But I do have rhubarb to flaunt:
My rhubarb is rebounding this year and I couldn’t be happier. They went through quite an ordeal last year, but they seem to have forgotten all about it!
Two years ago, I was introduced the the concept of perennials in the kitchen garden. I was excited by the idea of not having to start my garden each year from scratch. I planted little rhubarb plants, asparagus from roots, and started patience dock from seeds I received from Mother Earth news.
However, the rabbits devastated the rhubarb, eating them to the ground. I was sad, but moved on, then one day I noticed a green leaf peeking out of the ground. I set up an emergency perimeter with milk jugs and sprayed rabbit repellent outside the perimeter (not letting the repellent touch the plants; garlic flavored rhubarb doesn't sound so good). I hoped that would be enough to discourage the rabbits until I could find a safe location for the plants.
The rhubarb started to rebound while still guarded by milk jugs. I couldn't find a spot to plant the rhubarb where they would be safe, so my husband built another raised garden bed that could be devoted to perennials.
Below is a picture of the rhubarb after it was safely planted in a raised garden bed. Six of the plants went on to do very well last year. I am hoping for a much better, as well as, earlier crop this year.
Have you tried growing perennials in your garden? Have they made an appearance yet? If you feel like flaunting them head over to Fertilizer Friday and post your link.