Answer: In my experience rhubarb requires plenty of moisture and a very rich soil to do its best, and the dry weather we have been having has taken its toll. You might try top dressing it with compost or well rotted stable manure and/or general fertilizer this spring, mulch around it and water it deeply as needed to keep the soil moist. Since it suffered last year I would be careful about harvesting only lightly if at all this year so the plant can rebuild its strength. For the same reason, be sure to remove any flowers that form. And yes, try to keep the critters and lawnmowers away, too.
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