100 Day Project, Day 16 – Signs of Spring at last

Moira cleared out all the debris surrounding the rhubarb plant today and uncovered these lovely sprouts. We are determined to use our rhubarb plant for actual rhubarb this year instead of just playing with the giant leaves (which is also fun). We are surrounded by so many giant pine trees that not much grows in the back yard except rhubarb and dandelions. Our soil is covered in pine cones and pine needles. When we moved in the backyard was perfectly neat looking which has led me to believe that the previous owners of our home must have been picking up pine cones every single day of the year.

I really don’t want to complain too much about it though because next year we will probably have a four or six-plex beside us and that will be the end of those lovely pine trees and all the squirrels and magpies that call them home. It’s more a matter of learning to live with the debris and planting what is hearty instead of wishing for what we can’t have. The small grass weed patch in the back yard has been covered with cardboard and plastic since last year with the plan to dig it all up and do something with it. I think they should plant potatoes but since I am in no condition to plant anything right now I don’t get much of a say in it.

But rhubarb could probably survive a nuclear blast, and so with a little bit of nurturing and planning we can utilize our patch this year and have many delightful strawberry rhubarb crumbles or strawberry rhubarb jam (I like the chia seed jam recipe from the first Oh She Glows cookbook – super simple and you make it in small batches and keep it in the fridge so no complicated canning involved.) Tomorrow we should probably get some of our seeds started (indoors) and clear out the debris from the front garden beds. Alberta is tricky though. We had snow last week and the rule is you don’t really want to plant anything outside until the May Long Weekend which always seems like such a long wait. In some places that is summer, but here we can still get snow.

Little rhubarb thumb poking out of the ground.

  4 Replies to “100 Day Project, Day 16 – Signs of Spring at last”

  1. Alyssa
    April 22, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    I challenged my kids to pick up 100 pine cones that litter our yard from the neighbour’s trees: they picked 1,000 in a shockingly short time. They are relentless.

    • April 25, 2020 at 8:33 pm

      In the beginning I tried to bribe my kids with paying them per bucket but I am notoriously bad at estimating and it would have broken the bank to actually pay them for the amount of buckets they could have filled. Plus it would have been a never-ending task (if they hadn’t gotten bored and annoyed by it so quickly).

  2. April 23, 2020 at 11:18 am

    May long weekend is my standard for planting seedlings here in Ontario too–their little baby leaves are too tender to risk a frost. I might go a little earlier with things like onions or greens that you plant from seed directly in the ground, but not much.

    I love love love rhubarb and am very excited for you to have some (I don’t have a patch myself and it is very hard to find in stores here)–maybe you post some more photos as it progresses???

    • April 25, 2020 at 8:33 pm

      I will definitely post rhubarb updates.

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