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Usual rhubarb recommendations for planting roots or crowns seem to be plant deeply (6"?) in a trench in fertile soil; however, I can attest that it does grow in sandy stony soil, though that requires more watering. (Just remove the boulders and baseball sized rocks from the planting area first!) It does appreciate compost or humus or well aged horse manure before planting; if you don't already have a compost heap, at least put your used tea leaves/tea bags and coffee grounds and vegetable peelings in the bottom of the trench, below your planting level.
I just used potting soil to start the rhubarb and asparagus seeds; when I move them into larger hardening off containers, I put a little of my yard's soil/sand mixed in with it so the eventual transition to the real garden plot won't be such a shock to their system.
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