Are you wondering what is the best way to harvest a large patch of rhubarb?
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Here are picture images of harvesting our rhubarb for the final pick of the season ... photos with helpful tips for the best way to harvest a large rhubarb patch ... quickly and efficiently!
Our rhubarb garden consists of very mature plants, and this was the final harvest of the season, therefore, as you will notice, we harvested the entire crop.
If you have a really large patch of rhubarb to harvest, following these simple tips will enable you to pick the whole patch and have it ready to use or to freeze in a very short time.
As you harvest each stalk, keep them together, all facing the same direction ... it makes cutting the leaves off easier and quicker.
Line a large size pail or other container with a clean bag, and add the rhubarb stalks to the pail after the leaves have been removed.
To remove the leaves use a very sharp knife. One tap with a sharp knife should sever and drop the leaf.
Be sure to place all the rhubarb stalks in the pail with the cut end up (or down). Having all the stalks facing the same direction makes cutting the rhubarb into pieces, later, much easier.
Dispose of the leaves, keeping in mind that rhubarb leaves are poisonous to eat.
If you are interested in making a natural pesticide using the leaves,
GO to How to Make a Natural Insecticide Using Rhubarb Leaves
The rhubarb can just as well be washed in the kitchen sink, however, especially for large amounts of rhubarb, washing the stalks outside is a great idea!
A large size sieve is a great way to wash the rhubarb outside ... and keeps the kitchen clean and tidy!
After the rhubarb has been washed with water, allow excessive water to drain off, and transfer the rhubarb to a clean bag or container.
The rhubarb is now ready to use to make a delectable rhubarb recipe, or to store by freezing the rhubarb, canning the rhubarb or dehydrating the rhubarb.
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