Spectacular in pies and cobbler, rhubarb is a popular early spring crop and a natural companion to strawberries, which ripen a few weeks after the first rhubarb stalks are harvested. Planting Tips: As rhubarb will grow in the same spot for many years, initial soil preparation is important. Select a sunny spot with good drainage and prior to planting the roots, incorporate generous amounts of compost or well-rotten manure into the soil