Raising My Food – The Rhubarb Bed


A year ago I bought my first home. The side yard has undergone a transformation from an overgrown weed run into a veggie garden area complete with a bistro seating area.

The space is only 54″ wide. The house foundation makes up the wall on my two longest raised beds. The smallest bed is 32″x 48.”

This year I took an early semi-retirement social security to ensure my mortgage payment is made. I am continuing my PCA job part time to pay my utilities. Money is tight. Raising my own veggies helps keep me healthy and fed.

The design of my raised beds is to maximize space, establish permanent rhubarb and asparagus beds and allow for ease of tending since my knees are no longer up for kneeling. The beds are constructed of dry lay concrete blocks that measure 8″x8″x16,” 2 courses high. In addition to the planting space created within the block borders, each block itself has two 6″x6″x16″ individual planting spots.

The Victoria rhubarb plants that were added to the small bed have taken longer than expected to acclimate to their new permanent home. Four months later the two plants are showing signs of growing.

The veggie gardens are producing their bounty after months of constructing raised garden beds. Here is the progress of the rhubarb bed.

The Rhubarb Raised Block Garden Bed Summer is well under way.

The Rhubarb Raised Block Garden Bed
The holes around this bed house baby broccoli plants, baby kale, marigolds and onions. The broccoli has produced numerous bite size florets for a weekly dose of this healthy veggie. Every few days I harvest a large handful of tender kale leaves to eat immediately or wash, dry and freeze for this winter. The tops of the onions are starting to wither, indicating the onions are ready to be harvested.

The marigolds add a splash of color while they stand guard against the insects that want to suck the life out of my life giving veggies. Next year I should be able to start harvesting enough rhubarb for sauce, pies and the winter freezer.


  1. Sandy KS

    Your garden is coming along nicely. I am so happy for you. If I could get the muscle for the things i need, I would have a nice garden to. maybe next year. I have marigolds, lazy susans and tomatoes growing. Maybe I can add some more veggies in my small pallet flower garden.

  2. Andria Perry

    I am so glad to read about you garden and how well it is coming along, mine died from the heat and no rain, since its dead now its raining daily.

  3. Irene Nevins Post author

    @andriaperry Plant it again. You still have time for sugar pumpkins and winter squashes. Kale planted now will last through winter getting sweeter with every frost. You might want to try Brussels sprouts to harvest throughout winter.

  4. Rex Trulove

    I have rhubarb in tires that are being used as raised beds and have already had a couple straw-berry rhubarb pies. (Our strawberries produced about 5 gallons for the spring harvest and fall harvest hasn’t started yet.) The rhubarb produces from early spring to late fall so I have little doubt that we’ll have another of those pies before the year is done, God willing.

  5. Kyla Matton Osborne

    I love rhubarb! Around here, some folks have rhubarb that is left unharvested and grows to about 4 feet tall sometimes. I can’t believe they don’t pick it to eat!

    Glad to hear that you’re starting to see some growth from your plants. I was also going to say that I hope you’ll write a bit about the baby broccoli and the baby kale. These would be superb blog topics, and I know I would love to learn more about these two vegetables.

  6. Ruth Cox

    I think I’ll show up on your doorstep next year–about the time one of those rhubarb pies comes out of the oven!

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