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Why is my rhubarb so sad?

12 years ago

Hey guys- I moved into my current place last fall and was delighted to see the little baby stalks and crinkly leaves of a pretty decent-sized rhubarb patch poke through the ground this spring. However, once it grew to a reasonable height, it just stopped. The stalks never fattened up at all- they're still spindly little things hardly worth harvesting! Now the whole thing is just sort of droopy and lifeless. In an effort to rescue it, I have given it kelp emulsion, backyard compost, vermicompost tea and storebought granulated complete organic fertilizer... I've also scattered organic slug bait to deter the little pests that were taking nibbles out of the leaves. I'm at my wit's end, and considering just harvesting it all and making do with what's there- anyone have any suggestions?

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